3 CRPF men killed in Chhattisgarh ambush

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Jagdalpur, Chhattisgarh, Nov 12 (UNI) At least three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed today when armed naxals attacked a team of security forces near Pavanvaya village on Bijapur-Gangaloor road in Maoist-affected Bijapur district.

''The personnel were en route from Cherpal to Bijapur when the rebels ambushed and later opened indiscriminate fire,'' Bijapur's Additional Superintendent of Police Ankit Garg told UNI.

Stating that an encounter took place between the personnel and the ultras after the incident, he added that details about the number of personnel was not immediately clear. Additional force was rushed to the spot to rescue the CRPF men and flush out the extremists from nearby forests.

Early this month, the militants unleashed a major assault on security personnel in this district, killing 11 policemen and injuring several others.

Five special police officers -- local youth recruited to assist personnel on honorarium basis -- were killed last month 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.

UNI

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