The Centre on Monday termed as wanton, mindless and pre-mediated the landmine attack by Naxals in Chhattisgarh that left four CISF personnel dead.
"The government strongly condemns this unprovoked and heinous attack by the CPI (Maoist) on a public sector security force that was on a routine patrol in an area falling under the jurisdiction of a public sector corporation," the Home Ministry said in a statement.
It noted that the CISF team was on routine patrol of the area under a public sector undertaking, National Minerals Development Corporation (NMDC), which is engaged in development of minerals, gives employment, promotes economic activity, and undertakes many welfare activities in the area as part of its corporate social responsibility.
The Ministry questioned "not only the CPI (Maoist) but also to those who speak on their behalf and chastise the government" as to what was the motive behind the attack and what is the message the CPI (Maoist) intends to convey.
Four CISF personnel, inclduing a sub-inspector, a head constable and two constables, were killed and two others were critically injured in a landmine blast in the mines area of NMDC in Bacheli in Dantewada on Sunday.