CRPF officer killed, 10 others injured in Maoist attack

April 10th, 2009 - 8:36 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, April 10 (IANS) Armed Maoists ambushed a security forces patrol, killing a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer and injuring 10 troopers in Chhattisgarh’s restive Bastar region Friday.
The police said heavily armed Maoists ambushed with heavy firing a joint CRPF and District Forces patrolling team in village Minta of Dantewada district, about 445 km south of capital Raipur.

“CRPF deputy commandant Diwakar was killed and 10 other personnel received bullet wounds in the gun battle that ended around 3.30 p.m.,” Rahul Sharma, district superintendent of police, Dantewada, told IANS.

The killed commandant and the injured personnel belong to the 55th battalion of the CRPF.

Pawan Deo, deputy inspector general, police headquarters, said most of the injured personnel, including an assistant commandant, were taken to Dornapal in Dantewada while a few were shifted to a government hospital at Jagdalpur town in Bastar district.

Maoists have stepped up violence in the state since the announcement of Lok Sabha polls last month and ordered people to stay away from the poll process.

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