New Delhi, 24 April 2017
At least 24 CRPF personnel killed and 6 injured in an ambush by naxalite near Chintagufa in Sukma district of Chhatisgarh while another 7 are still missing. A CRPF source informed National Defence that a company of 74 battalion come under direct ambush by naxalite resulting in heavy exchange of fire from both the sides. Another source however, confirmed that IED was also used in the attack when CRPF personnels were deployed for road opening. According to sources, 2 more personnel also succumbed to injuries leading to the death toll rise to 26.
Approximately at 1500 hrs message was received by IAFs Anti Naxal Task Force Commander about the ambush of CRPF team at Burkapal area of Sukma District to airlift 03 casualties. Immediately two IAF Mi-17 V5s of Jagdalpur detachment took off for Burkapal. One of the MI-17 was flying in escort role. On landing at venue of ambush it was learned that there were eleven Mortals remains of CRPF Martyrs for airlift and seven casualties. Immediately casualties were air lifted to Raipur and shifted to hospital. One of the casualty succumbed to injuries in flight on the way to Raipur. Helicopter landed with casualties at Raipur approximately at 1700 Hrs.
More helicopters have been launched from Raipur and Jagdalpur to evacuate mortal remains of martyrs.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed his grief and conveyed condolenses to the families of the martyred jawans. Extremely pained to know about the killing of CRPF personnel in Sukma. My tributes to the martyrs and condolences to their families. 1/2