Naxalites trapped and gunned down 75 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and State Police personnel during a joint “Operation Green Hunt” offensive against the ultra-Maoists in the thick forests of Mukrana in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.
The incident occurred between 6 am and 7 am today when nearly 100 personnel comprising CRPF and Chhattisgarh State Police were returning after opening a road for the troops to begin an operation against the Naxals.
While 74 of those killed were CRPF personnel, including a deputy and an assistant commandant, one was a head constable of the district police.
Dantewada Superintendent of Police Amresh Mishra said the Naxals first blew up a vehicle carrying the CRPF personnel near Chintalnar-Tarmetla village in the district. Immediately after the blast, the CRPF personnel and a few police personnel tried to take cover when they came under heavy fire from hundreds of Naxals, well entrenched on the adjacent hillock.