According to official, the incident took place around 12:30 PM when troops of the 212th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were going from Kistaram to Palodi in an anti-landmine vehicle.
ASI RKS Tomar, constable Ajay Kumar Yadav, constable Manoranjan Lanka, constable Jitendra Singh, constable Shobhit Sharma, constable Manoj Singh, constable Dharmendra Singh, constable Chandra HS and head constable Lakshman lost their lives in the blast.
The injured personnel were being rescued from the spot and airlifted to the State capital. Also, reports are coming that the forces are conducting the area-domination operation in the forest of Kistaram when the Maoists blew up the CRPF's mine-protected vehicle.
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The red rebels used a lot of explosives to blow up the vehicle, the official said. "There is a possibility of many of them being killed in that blast", D. M. Awasthi, Special Director General of Police, Anti-Naxal Operations unit of the Chhattisgarh police, said. Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh said that he was "overwhelmed with grief" with the loss of the nine officials.
Doctors treating the wounded CRPF jawans in Raipur said that the jawans suffered injuries due to the IED blast and not due to any firing.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi said that the incident "reflects a deteriorating internal security due to flawed policies".
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Home Minister Rajnath Singh also condemned the attack and described the incident as "deeply distressing".
Last April, in the biggest Maoist attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh in the last seven years, 25 jawans were killed and six injured in an ambush in the Burkapal area of Sukma.
12 jawans of the CRPF were killed in the same district in March previous year.
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