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Chhattisgarh Maoist Attack: Death Toll Rises to 7; CM Raman Singh Assures to Give Befitting Reply to Naxals
Chhattisgarh Attack: Earlier in the day, around six jawans, including three of the Chhattisgarh Armed Forces and two others from the District Force got killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast triggered by Naxals in Dantewada.
Chhattisgarh, May 20: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said that the state will give a befitting reply to Naxals and their growing activities in Chhattisgarh, a news agency ANI reported. He also observed one-minute silence during ‘Vikas Yatra’ event in Korba to pay tribute to six jawans who lost their lives in Dantewada’s Cholnar Village in Chattisgarh today.
Earlier in the day, around six jawans, including three of the Chhattisgarh Armed Forces and two others from the District Force got killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast triggered by Naxals in Dantewada. After the incident, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) immediately rushed to the spot where the attack took place. Sunder Raj P, DIG Anti-Naxal Operation told ANI that, “6 jawans dead, 1 injured according to a preliminary investigation. Search operation is being held by security forces. Blast could be of high intensity, but the exact details will come after the investigation.” However, the jawan who was injured in the attack succumbed to his injuries, taking the death toll from six to seven.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday also condemned the Naxals attack in Dantewada district and said, “it is a sad incident where six jawans were killed in an IED blast in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada. The Naxals targeted the jawans by planting IED rather than fighting them face to face.”
Earlier this month, two jawans of Chhattisgarh Police’s District Force were killed in an IED blast in Gariaband district. The death of jawans’ was confirmed by Special Director General (DG) of Police, Anti Naxal Operations, DM Awasthi. Awasthi said that at least 29 personnel had left for a village located near Odisha’s border for a public welfare meeting when the attack took place. Similar to these incidents, a Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) jawan sustained injuries in an IED blast in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on April 29.