Raipur: At least 55 CRPF personnel were killed in an attack by Naxalites in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh early Tuesday morning.
The attack took place when a CRPF patrol party was returning from a road opening duty in the naxalite-infested Mukrana forest in the district between six to seven am.
“We have rushed helicopters to evacuate the casualties,” Chhattisgarh Director General of Police Viswa Ranjan said
The death toll in the attack may rise as many of the personnel have been seriously injured.
The CRPF patrol party was totally taken aback by the Maoists who surfaced at a hillock to carry out the attack.
During the attack, the Maoists opened indiscriminate fire and triggered an IED blast.