Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday condemned the killing of 27 people in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh.

He urged the Union government to take steps to contain Maoist attacks in that State and other parts of the country.

“Playing with the lives of people is not good. I am totally against violence and killings, and strongly condemn such incidents. I hope the Central government will take serious action in the matter,” he told reporters here.

The State government had taken precautionary measures and sounded an alert in coastal and Malnad districts to prevent any Maoist attack, Mr. Siddaramaiah added.

Heavily armed Maoists ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district on Saturday, killing 27 people, including senior Congress leader Mahendra Karma, and injuring 32 people, including senior Congress leader V.C. Shukla.