3 CRPF personnel killed in Naxal attack in Sukma
Sukma: Three personnel of Cobra force of Central Reserved Police Force were killed in an encounter with Naxals in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday. In the first incident that occurred in Sukma district, Naxals opened heavy fire on a patrol of the specialised anti-Naxal operations force CoBRA that was coming back after escorting a polling party which has reached the Naxal stronghold as part of the polls scheduled on Thursday. Officials said a strong squad of about 100 Naxals surrounded the party from three sides, leading to the killing of three commandos while three others were injured. “The troops were hit on the back.
They were killed as they received bullet injuries while on their way back,” a senior official said. The incident comes at a time when the forces are at their maximum alert. A joint column of CRPF, state police and commandos on a helicopter have been launched in the area, the official said, adding a “cordon and search” operation has been launched. “We are alive to every possibility and we will conduct the polls peacefully,” a senior security official monitoring the security forces deployment in Delhi said.
Maoists dig up roads in Malkangiri
In a bid to disrupt the first phase elections in Malkangiri district tomorrow , the Maoists have dug up roads at several places under the Mathili block along Odisha-Chhattisgarh border, reports said. According to reports, the left wings ultras have prevented movement of traffic by digging up roads at Mahupadar, Kamalapalli, Salimi, Tulasipadar, Haldikund, Tembapalli and Kasrabhata of Mathili block where they have put up posters and banners urging people to boycott the elections. They have also warned the polling officials of trial in ‘praja courts’ if they do not stay away from duty. While there is panic among people in these areas, the polling officials appear scared, the reports said, adding that there is every likelihood that polling in these Maoist affected booths would be affected.