Centre seeks details of Naxals attack on CRPF from Chhattisgarh govt

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New Delhi, Oct 20 (UNI) The Centre has sought a detailed report from the Chhattisgarh government about the naxal attack on the Central Reserve Police Force today which killed 12 constables and injured ten others.

The Home Ministry is in touch with the Chhattisgarh government and is trying to get details about the landmine blast triggered by Naxals in Bijapur district's Bhopalpatnam area and then opening fire on the patrol party.

The jawans of Modukpal Camp, 22 km from Bijapur, were on foot patrol when the Maoists triggered the landmine, killing three constables on the spot. About 70 to 80 ultras were involved in the assault and other jawans were killed in the firing, according to CRPF Deputy Inspector-General R S Sohta.

The assault seemed part of the insurgents' 'traditional' poll boycott as the process of electioneering in Chhattisgarh got underway with Governor E S L Narasimhan issuing notification for the first phase of Assembly polls in 39 constituencies.

Two rebels were also killed in the encounter with security personnel immediately after the blast near Kokampalli village by the Bijapur-Bhopalpatnam road.

UNI AJ AKJ HT1918

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