Union Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said that 26 Central Reserve Police Force (CRFP) personnel were killed and seven injured as Maoists ambushed a patrolling party in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur District on Tuesday.
According to reports, at least 90 Maoists were involved in the ambush on a 63-strong CRPF road-opening party. It took place around 3 p.m. near Dhaudhai Police Station in Narayanpur.
"There was a very unfortunate incident today in Narayanpur, where a party of the CRPF, which had gone out on a road opening party was ambushed by the Maoists. As a result of the ambush, a total of 26 CRPF jawans were killed and seven are injured," Pillai said.
"The entire party of 63, which had gone out, except of those killed, the bodies have been brought back, and the jawans have come back to the camp," he added.
He further said that most of the injured are being treated in the camp itself.
"Reinforcement from the neighbouring camps have also reached, including medical teams. Two injured have been evacuated by helicopter, and the rest are being treated in the camp itself by doctors who have come as part of the reinforcement team," Pillai said. (ANI)