Bijapur, Chhattisgarh, Nov 12 (UNI) Three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constables were killed this afternoon when armed Naxals ambushed a patrol party by triggering a landmine near Pavanvaya village on the Bijapur-Gangaloor road in Maoist-affected Bijapur district.
''Eight personnel were heading here from Cherpal on six motorbikes when the rebels ambushed and opened indiscriminate fire.
The martyred personnel were Amit Kumar, Kamlesh Kumar and Vijay Kumar of the 31st Battalion,'' said Bijapur's Additional Superintendent of Police Ankit Garg.
Stating that an encounter took place between the personnel and the ultras after the incident, that occurred six km from here, he added that details about the number of personnel was not immediately clear. Additional personnel have been rushed to the spot to rescue the CRPF men and flush out the extremists from nearby forests.
Early this month, militants unleashed a major assault on security personnel in this district, killing 11 policemen and injuring several others in an ambush.
Five special police officers -- local youth recruited to assist personnel on honorarium basis -- were killed on October 29 near Pavanvaya.
Insurgents stepped up violence in tribal Bastar region since June 2005 after locals launched 'Salwa Judum' -- which in local Gondi dialect means peace mission -- to isolate naxals and generate awareness against the three-decade-old Maoist violence in the region.
According to rough estimates, more than 700 people -- including 250 security personnel -- lost their lives in rebel-related violence over the past two years in Bastar.