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Road projects a major cause of Naxal attacks on forces

15 March 2018

The deadly attack on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel on 13 March in Sukma is the latest example of Maoists' attempt to disrupt the road network being laid there.

The MP Home Minister said the state government would provide a flat with each to the family of the deceased and would also construct their memorial in their respective villages.

The attack comes almost a year after 25 CRPF personnel were killed in a gunbattle with 300 Maoists in the same district. He said, "Our jawans sacrificed their lives while fighting a tough battle. People of the country hope that this will not be repeated and the Centre is alert over it".

Senior intelligence officials said Sukma, which was adjacent to 3,900sq.km of territory with no security presence, would continue to remain the centre of Maoist, or Naxal, activity.

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Their bodies were consigned to flames with full state honours.

The incident took place when CRPF jawans were conducting an operation in a forest in the district when the blast took place, ripping apart their mine-protected vehicle (MPV). In civil dress all the CRPF jawans were rushing to enforce a COBRA unit that was pursuing Maoists after an early encounter near Kistaram camp.

Road projects a major cause of Naxal attacks on forces