"Eight paramilitary personnel, belonging to the 212th battalion, were killed in the blast", he said. He said, "Our jawans sacrificed their lives while fighting a tough battle".
Several times, Naxals have tried to disrupt road construction in Sukma by launching attacks on security forces and damaging the roads, and vehicles and machines used in the work, special director general (anti-Naxal operations) D. M. Awasthi told PTI.
CRPF said that Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena had asked its Commanding Officer (CO) Prashant Dhar to provide assistance to a District Reserve Group (DRG) team of Chhattisgarh Police heading towards Palodi. They were immediately rushed to a nearby hospital where doctors said that four among the six were not yet out of danger.
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"The attack on the security personnel on Tuesday between Kistaram and Palodi villages shows their frustration over the government's plan to build a road there between Kistaram and Chintalnar", he said.
Besides focusing on modernisation of the security forces, the government has also been looking for the latest technology on the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detection techniques, Ahir said.
To a query, the minister denied the probability of deploying the Army to tackle Naxals in the Bastar region, which is considered as the hotbed of the ultras. The CRPF jawans were conducting an operation in a forest in the district when the blast took place, ripping apart their Mine-Protected Vehicle (MPV). Officials said that new CRPF camps inside the deep jungle and inability to cause damage to security forces in firing ambushes has "frustrated" the Naxals, hence they are using IEDs to target the troops.