75 CRPF personnel killed by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

75 CRPF personnel killed by Naxals in Chhattisgarh

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.

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