11 feared killed in Maoist ambush
Eleven security personnel including Special Police Officers are feared to have been killed after they were trapped in an ambush laid by Maoists, reports Sharad Rotkar.india Updated: Aug 29, 2007 20:48 IST
Eleven security personnel including Special Police Officers (SPOs) are feared to have been killed after they were trapped in an ambush laid by Maoists close to village Par Metla in Bastar region, late on Wednesday noon.
The armed police party and SPOs had accompanied some villagers to repair a road between village Chintalnar and Dornapal in the heavily forested region that was badly damaged by the extremists, it was learnt.
Talking to Hindustan Times, Inspector General of Police Raj Kumar Devangan said, "Though we cannot confirm the exact casualties now, eight SPOs and three personnel of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force are presently reported to be missing." He further said, so far no bodies, either of the Maoists or the security personnel have been recovered. "We can only confirm in two to three hours time after the personnel who have survived the ambush get in touch with us," he said.
According Devangan, there were a total of 25 armed personnel including a number of SPOs who had accompanied the village party to repair the road.