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Hunt for Naxals who killed 27 CRPF men

Security personnel scoured the jungles in Chhattishgarh`s Narayanpur district in the hunt for Naxals.

Raipur: Security personnel on Wednesday scoured
the jungles in Chhattishgarh`s Narayanpur district in the hunt
for Naxals who killed 27 CRPF personnel in yet another deadly
attack in a remote area.

Around 15 Naxals were also possibly killed when CRPF
personnel retaliated during the Maoist ambush in a remote
area, about 300 km from here, Chhattisgarh DGP Viswa Ranjan
told PTI. Naxalites are known to take away the bodies of their
cadres killed in encounters with security forces.

The bodies of the Naxals have however not been found.
Naxalites are known to take away the bodies of their cadres
killed in encounters with security forces.

Around 100 Naxals who struck with automatic rifles were
involved in the "major ambush" and the gunbattle lasted for
two to three hours, police said.

The death toll in yesterday`s third major Naxal attack
on security personnel in Chhattisgarh in as many months rose
to 27 after the body of a CRPF constable Neeraj Kumar who was
missing was found by search parties today.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, who convened an
emergency meeting to take stock of the situation, has said the
sacrifices of the security personnel will not go in vain.

The meeting, which lasted for 90 minutes, was attended by
Union Home Ministry and senior state officials including State
Home Minister Nanki Ram Kanwar, Chief Secretary P J Ummain,
State DGP Vishwaranjan, CRPF chief Vikram Shrivastav and
senior Union Home Ministry official B M Nair.

"The security personnel have laid down their lives to
free the people from Naxal terror. Their sacrifice will not go
in vain," Singh said.

"The Naxals have carried out a cowardly act. People
and groups having faith in human rights should condemn this
act of murder in once voice," he said, vowing to end the
Maoist menace in the state.

"The extremists lack moral courage to engage in a
direct fight with our brave security forces," he said, while
conveying his condolences to members of the bereaved families.

The bodies of 26 CRPF personnel were brought here today
after they were airlifted from the scene of the Maoist attack.
After the postmortems, the bodies were sent to the police
training institute in Mana near here where tributes were paid
to the victims.

Search operations have begun in Naryanpur`s Daurai Road
and adjacent areas where the dastardly attack took place which
also left eight personnel including four special officers of
Chhattisgarh Police injured, Ranjan said.

CRPF Director General Vikram Srivastava and other top
police officers have reached the spot to review the situation
and operations.

A large number of heavily-armed Maoists, perched on a
hilltop, had opened fire with automatic weapons on a 63-member
security contingent which was returning on foot from road
opening duty yesterday. The dead included a CRPF Assistant
Commandant and two sub-inspectors.

The Maoists had massacred 76 policemen in Chhattisgarh
in a similar assault on April 6. On May 17, a Maoist landmine
attack on a bus killed 24 civilians and 11 policemen.


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