Guard of honour given to CRPF jawans

Raipur: A guard of honour was today given to the 26 CRPF jawans who were killed in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh's Naryanpur district.

The guard of honour was given in the presence of Governor Shekhar Dutt, Chief Minister Raman Singh, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ravindra Choubey, Home Minister Nanki Ram Kanwar, CRPF Director General Vikram Shrivastav and state DGP Vishwaranjan at the Parade Maidan in Mana where the bodies of the security men were kept draped in national tri-colour.

Later, the bodies would be sent to their native places. Maoists shot dead 26 CRPF personnel and wounded eight others in an ambush in a remote area of Narayanpur district yesterday.

Paying tributes to the deceased security men, Raman Singh said their sacrifice would not go in vain.

"Security personnel from across the country are here to fight the Naxal menace. Such attacks are an attempt to demoralise them. Efforts would be made to ensure that their morale is not undermined," he said.