In the midst of peace talk offer by Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh, the naxals attacked Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, which was on search operation, killing three cops and injuring another nine near Manhakal village in naxal-infested Kanker district about 240 km south of Raipur.
The Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) AN Upadhya told Hindustan Times that the naxals ambushed the search party of CRPF on Wednesday evening followed by the fierce encounter with the rebels that continued till late night.
The bodies of security personnel were recovered on Thursday morning. Out of the nine injured, the conditions of four are stated to be critical. All the injured were rushed to Raipur and admitted in the government medical college hospital. In the gun-battle few rebels are also believed to have been killed. “Over a hundred CRPF cops from two different battalions were on search operation when the naxalites ambushed them in deep forested area about 20 km from the nearest police station.
Three CRPF men were killed in the naxal attack”, said the IG. Senior police officials on condition of anonymity told HT that the attack exposed how serious are the naxalites when they propose a peace talk with the state government and simultaneously attack the security forces. During the ongoing budget session of the state Assembly, the home minister Nanki Ram Kanwar informed the House that a total of 241 people fell victim to the naxal violence in Chhattisgarh during the last one year.