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Chhattisgarh: 10 DRG personnel among eleven killed in Maoist strike in Dantewada

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RAIPUR: As many as 11 persons including 10 personnel of the District Reserve Guards (DRG) of the Chhattisgarh Police were killed in a Maoist attack in Dantewada in Southern part of the State on Wednesday.

This is one of the biggest such attacks conducted in the country in recent months. According to police sources, the team of DRG jawans had gone to the spot on the basis of intelligence input about presence of a wanted Maoist commander.

The team had gone out in the night and was returning to in the morning when a IED blast was triggered. It is suspected that the Maoists used a highly explosive device to target the vehicle carrying the jawans. The blast led to the entire vehicle getting thrown off in the air and and ten personnel apart from the driver, dying as a result of the attack. 

Such was the impact, that a big crater appeared in the midst of the road, This daredevil attack took place on the on Aranpur-Sameli road under Aranpur police station area in Dantewada, about 450 kms from state capital Raipur. Parts of Chhattisgarh remain one of the strongholds of Maoists.

Inspector General of Police (IG) of Bastar, Sundarraj P stated that there were inputs of presence of Maoists belonging to the Darbha divisional committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist) in the region and when the team went, it faced the attack on its return journey. 

Those who lost lives included head constables Joga Sodhi, Munna Ram Kadhti and Santosh Tamo, constables Dulgo Mandavi, Lakhmu Markam, Joga Kawasi and Harirram Mandavi, apart from soldiers Raju Ram Kartam, Jairam Podiyam and Jagdish Kawasi and driver Dhani Ram Yadav.