A group of jawans were reportedly taking lunch while the others were on guard near Burkapal village when heavily armed rebels cordoned off the area and started spraying bullets before detonating a powerful explosive. A large number of women Naxalites were also involved in the attack in which rebels used rocket launchers and sophisticated weapons.
The Deputy Inspector General of Police (Bastar), P Sunderraj confirmed that 25 jawans were killed in the attack. The elite CoBRA team was rushed to the spot recover the bodies. Seven injured jawans were airlifted to Raipur for better medical care. Seven jawans including an official had been reportedly missing.
Of the 25 jawans killed, 24 died on the spot while one succumbed to his injuries on way to Raipur. One of the injured jawans said the rebels attacked without giving room to take a position and retaliate. Since the jawans were not in a position to defend or hit back, maximum casualties were inflicted on security personnel.
This is the second major Naxal attack in Sukma district within 45 days in the same district. On March 11, 12 CRPF jawans from the 219 Battalion were killed near Kottacheru village under Bhejji police station.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh cut short his Delhi visit and reached Raipur late evening. “The rebels were frustrated as they do not want a road, bridge construction in Sukma area that had been their den,” Singh said.
Decade's deadliest Naxal attacks
March 12, 2017: Naxalites ambushed CRPF party and killed 12 jawans from the 219 Battalion were killed near Kottacheru village under Bhejji police station of Sukma district.
March 11, 2014: Naxals ambushed a security patrol killing 16 people including 11 of the CRPF, a Central paramilitary force in Sukma district.
May 25, 2013: The Naxal attack on Congress convoy in Darbha valley of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh killed 27 party leaders including the former state ministers.
May 30, 2011: Naxal ambushed a police party and killed nine jawans, including additional superintendent of police Rajesh Pawar.
June 29, 2010: 26 CRPF jawan were killed in a Naxal attack in Narayanpur district.
April 2010: Naxalite rebels killed 76 persons including paramilitary personnel of the CRPF and two policemen in Dornapal under Dantewada district.
March 2007: Naxalites attacked a police outpost and killed 55 policemen of the state police in Rani Bodi village of Bijapur district.