Three personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed and nine others were injured when Maoist rebels ambushed them at village Mankapal,under Koilibeda police station,in Kanker district in tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.
The Naxalite ambush took place when the security personnel from the central para-military force were patrolling the area on Wednesday afternoon; police said adding that a fierce encounter was followed between the forces and the rebels,which continued till late in the night.
Police said the deceased were identified as Manoj Kumar from Haryana,Govind Singh from Maharashtra and Satyendra Yadav from Uttar Pradesh.
Nine CRPF personnel,who were injured in the incident,were airlifted to the state capital where they were admitted to the government medical college hospital on Thursday. The condition of the four of the injured was reported to be serious,police said.
This Maoist attack on the security personnel came within a week after the Communist Party of India (Maoist) announced its readiness to hold “peace talks” with the Chhattisgarh government.
State Chief Minister Raman Singh had responded positively to the offer made by outlawed Dandakaranya regional committee spokesman Pandu alias Panduanna,indicating that his government was ready to consider if a proposal came before it through any channel.
However,state police had felt that there was a need to view the proposal with caution as it has been the strategy of the rebels to opt for a dialogue with the government and utilise the ceasefire period to re-group and strengthen themselves.