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26 CRPF jawans martyred in Sukma: Nation pays tribute

The government will review its anti-Naxalite strategy, Home minister Rajnath Singh said after paying homage to 25 CRPF men killed in a deadly ambush by Maoists in Chhattisgarh.
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Raipur, April 25: At-least 26 CRPF jawans lost their lives on Monday during a fierce gunbattle with Maoists in Kalapathar area of south Bastar district of Chhattisgarh.

The brutal incident took place around 12.25 pm on Monday, when the CRPF troops belonging to the 74th battalion of the force, were providing security for road construction work.

Home minister Rajnath Singh and CRPF Additional Director General Sudeep Lakhtakia on Tuesday arrived in Raipur at around 10.30 am and directly headed to the headquarters of the 4th battalion of Chhattisgarh Armed Force in Mana camp area where the wreath-laying ceremony was held.

[Also Read: Maoist attack on CRPF jawans: Who said what]

Here are some images of Monday's barbaric attack on brave CRPF jawans.

In Raipur

In Raipur

Injured CRPF being brought to Raipur for treatment on Monday following a Maoist attack at Burkapal near Chintagufa in Bastar. The attack occurred at two places at a place called Burkapal. [All Photographs: PTI]

Government will review anti-Naxal strategy, says Rajnath Singh

Government will review anti-Naxal strategy, says Rajnath Singh

After paying homage to 26 CRPF jawans, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, "Naxalites are using tribals as fodder. They are being used as human shields", while adding that the "Maoists were seeking to destabilise development in the state."

Injured CRPF personnel being treated at a hospital in Raipur

Injured CRPF personnel being treated at a hospital in Raipur

300 to 400 heavily armed Maoists, women included, ambushed a CRPF contingent in a forested patch in Chhattisgarh, killing 26 troopers and escaping with their AK-47 assault rifles.

Tribute paid in Ahmedabad

Tribute paid in Ahmedabad

People hold candle and placard to pray for CRPF jawans, who lost their lives in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.

Homage paid in Patna

Homage paid in Patna

LJP activists take part in a candle light vigil to pray for CRPF jawans lost their lives in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district.

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