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The worst Maoist attacks in the last 10 years

Slain CRPF jawan Ashish Kumar Singh's family mourns his death at Garhwa. Singh was one of the 25 CRPF personnel killed in Monday's naxal attack in Chattisgarh's Sukma district.   | Photo Credit: PTI

The 25 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men who were killed during Monday's encounter with Maoists in Sukma, Chhattisgarh, were the latest in the long list of security personnel killed fighting left-wing extremists.

The attack came just a month after Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh informed the Parliament that security forces had achieved tremendous success in containing LWE over the past two years.

A recap on some major Naxal ambush over the decade.

Sukma, Chhattisgarh

April 24, 2017

Maoists killed 25 CRPF personnel and injured seven in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh. In retaliatory fire, 10 to 12 Maoists were shot dead.

The attack took place when a team of around 100 men, belonging to the 74th battalion of the CRPF, based at the Burkapal camp on the Dornapal-Jagargunda road in south Sukma, was out to provide protection for road construction work in the area.

The attack against the central forces is one of the biggest in the past two years.

Sukma, Chhattisgarh

March 11, 2017

Twelve CRPF personnel were killed when they "walked into an ambush," laid by Maoists in Sukma. The incident took place around 9.15 am when more than hundred CRPF personnel were on way to provide security to a road construction party. The troops first came under heavy fire and when they moved to take defensive positions they tripped on IEDs, which led to serial explosions.

Koraput, Odisha

Feb 2, 2017

Dangerous stretch: The blast site near Sunki, on the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border on NH 26.

Dangerous stretch: The blast site near Sunki, on the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border on NH 26.  

Seven personnel of the Odisha police were killed when their vehicle was blown up, allegedly by Maoists, in a landmine blast on NH 26 near Sunki in Koraput district.

The vehicle was transporting a few assistant drivers of the police department to Cuttack for training. There were 13 passengers, including the driver.

Aurangabad, Bihar

July 19, 2016

Ten CRPF commandos belonging to its Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) were killed in an IED blast by Naxalites in the forests of Bihar’s

Aurangabad district. Four Naxals were also killed in the encounter that lasted for nearly eight hours.

Sukma, Chhattisgarh

December 1, 2014

Maoists killed 14 CRPF personnel, including two officers, in Sukma. The ambush took place near Kasalpara village. There were reports of six Maoists being killed in the encounter.

Malkangiri, Odisha

August 26, 2015

This is the second major encounter and the biggest in Malkangiri district of Odisha and one of the major incidents in the Andhra-Odisha border area. Police patrolling a street at Komarada in Vizinagaram in this file photo.
 

Three Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and six jawans seriously injured in a Maoist ambush in Malkangiri district of Odisha.

The incident took place in the cut-off area of Balimela reservoir near Sarkubandh in the vicinity of Chitrakonda. The BSF personnel, who were involved in combing and area domination in this Maoist region fell prey to a landmine blast and ambush by Maoists.

Dantewada, Chhatisgarh

April 10-13, 2015

In less than 72 hours, Maoists struck Dantewada thrice killing seven jawans and blowing up an Anti-Landmine Vehicle of the Chhattisgarh police.

Gadchiroli, Maharashtra

May 11, 2014

Seven policemen were killed and two injured when Maoists blew up a police vehicle in the Chamorshi division of Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. The incident came two days after the arrest of G.N. Saibaba, a Delhi University Professor, by the Gadchiroli police over his alleged Maoist links.

Sukma, Chhattisgarh

March 11, 2014

Fifteen security personnel were killed in a Maoist ambush in Sukma. One civilian also died in the crossfire. The incident took place when a joint team of the CRPF and the police — about 50 personnel divided into two platoons — were moving from Tongpal village to Jeeram Ghati. About 100 Maoists surrounded them and opened fire.

Dharba Valley, Chhattisgarh

May 25, 2013

New Delhi: Former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla was injured and Mahendra Karma was killed and PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel kidnapped in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh on Saturday. Suspected Naxals opened fire on the Congress party's Parivartan Yatra, comprising senior party leaders, in Sukma district,Chhattisgarh. PTI Photo/TV GRAB(TIMES NOW)(PTI5_25_2013_000160B)

New Delhi: Former Union Minister Vidya Charan Shukla was injured and Mahendra Karma was killed and PCC chief Nand Kumar Patel kidnapped in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh on Saturday. Suspected Naxals opened fire on the Congress party's Parivartan Yatra, comprising senior party leaders, in Sukma district,Chhattisgarh. PTI Photo/TV GRAB(TIMES NOW)(PTI5_25_2013_000160B)  

 

In one of the deadliest attack targeting political leaders, a battalion of Naxalites attacked the motorcade of the Congress workers and leaders in the hilly areas of Darbha while they were returning from Sukma after an election rally.

Mahendra Karma, who founded Salwa Judum to combat Maoists, senior Congress leaders V.C. Shukla, Uday Mudaliar, and Nand Kumar Patel, and 18 party workers died in the ambush.

Narayanpur, Chhattisgarh

June 29, 2010

Twenty-six personnel of the 39 Battalion of the CRPF were killed in a Maoist ambush in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district. The attack took place near a hilly stretch of Jhadha Ghati, three km from Dhudhai, when soldiers were returning from their patrol.

Sukma, Chhattisgarh

April 6, 2010

Seventy five CRPF men and a police constable were killed near Tadmetla village in Sukma district of South Chhattisgarh in the deadliest Maoist attack till date. The attack took place in the Mukrana forest, about 540 km southeast of the State capital Raipur. Seven injured personnel were evacuated by helicopter to the Maharani Hospital in Jagdalpur.

Four years later the CRPF unfurled the tricolour in the area to symbolically announce it as 'Maoists’ Liberated Zone.'

Silda, West Bengal

February 15, 2010

A jawan taking his belongings from the Shilda EFR camp, which came under Maoist attack.

A jawan taking his belongings from the Shilda EFR camp, which came under Maoist attack.  

 

At least 20 jawans were killed and several injured when Maoists attacked a security camp at Silda in West Bengal’s Paschim Medinipur district.

The Maoists looted firearms and set the camp on fire after spraying bullets on the security personnel who were caught unawares, some busy cooking in the kitchen. The extremists also triggered explosions.

Also see: Maoists go on a rampage in Silda

Gadchiroli, Maharashtra

Oct 8, 2009

In a gruesome incident, 17 policemen were killed in an encounter with Naxalites at the Laheri police outpost in Gadchiroli. Over 100 naxalites ambushed an elite police team that was conducting a routine exercise near the outpost bordering Chhattisgarh. There were no reports of any Naxalites getting killed in the encounter, which lasted 3-4 hours.

Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh

July 13, 2009

Security personnel patrol a street after six villagers were killed by Naxals at Rajnandgaon in Chhattisgarh. File Photo: PTI
 

Thirty police personnel including a Superintendent of Police were killed in ambushes and landmine attacks by Maoists in three separate incidents in Rajnandgaon. In 2009 alone Maoists-induced violence claimed about 200 lives.

Chitrakonda, Odisha

June 29, 2008

Maoists ambushed a boat carrying Greyhound jawans in the reservoir at Alampaka, near the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh (now part of Telangana) border.

Thirty-eight persons, including 35 Greyhound jawans from Andhra Pradesh, died in this attack.

The elite Greyhound was engaged in wiping out Maoists from Andhra Pradesh. It was later found that the Maoists had lured two units of Greyhounds by providing false leads about a meeting being held on the Odisha border.


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