"I spoke to DG @crpfindia regarding the Sukma incident and asked him to leave for Chhattisgarh", he tweeted. Officials added that the first encounter took place at 8 am and later this contingent was targeted.
The security men were conducting an area-domination operation in the forest of Kistaram when the Maoists blew up the CRPF's mine-protected vehicle, he said.
Maoist used multiple improvised explosive devices (IEDs) concealed under the dirt track to blew up the vehicle, a senior official said. Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh said that he was "overwhelmed with grief" with the loss of the nine officials. "Eight CRPF personnel martyred in blast during search operation in Chhattisgarh's Sukma". My heartfelt condolences to the families of those personnel who lost their lives in Sukma blast.
"The martyrdom of security personnel who sacrificed their lives while discharging their duties will always be remembered", the chief minister said in a statement.
Home minister Rajnath Singh expressed condolence for the families of the personnel who were killed.
Some jawans were also reported to be injured in the explosion, but there was no official confirmation yet, he said. It reflects a deteriorating internal security situation due to flawed policies.
"Hollow claims, sloganeering and drafting acronyms for propaganda can not be a substitute to sound policy measures".
According to the Sukma police, around twelve jawans of the 212th battalion of CRPF were on board the anti-landmine vehicle.
12 jawans of the CRPF were killed in the same district in March previous year.
If we took back to the past then we can say that in last 11 month around 25 CRPF jawans were killed by a gang of almost 300 Naxals at a construction site in Sukma.