Sukma Attack Live updates: Mamata Banerjee announces Rs 5 ex-gratia for martyrs’ family

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also tweeted his tributes to the martyrs. “Attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh is cowardly & deplorable. We are monitoring the situation closely,” PM Modi tweeted.

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh are paying tributes to martyred CRPF jawans at CAF camp in Raipur. (ANI image)

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today paid homage to 25 CRPF jawans who were martyred in a deadly Maoist attack. The wreath-laying ceremony took place in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur. State Chief Minister Raman Singh and MoS Home Ministry Hansraj Ahir  also attended the event.  The attack took place between Burkapal-Chintagufa area in south Bastar, the worst Maoist violence-affected district area of the state. Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday expressed his condolences. “We are proud of the valour of our @crpfindia personnel. The sacrifice of the martyrs will not go in vain. Condolences to their families,” he tweeted.

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4.35 pm: PTI reports that 25 CRPF jawans who were killed in a deadly Naxal ambush in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma, were
having lunch when a hail of bullets and grenades hit them fatally.

3.45 pm: Apprehending influx of Maoists from Chhattisgarh a day after the carnage in Sukma, the Odisha Police today sealed the border with the neighbouring state and sounded a high alert in Malkangiri district, PTI reported.

3.30 pm: In the wake of the Maoist attack in which 25 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed, the Madhya Pradesh police has issued a high alert in the Naxal-affected Balaghat district, a senior official said today, PTI reported.

2.45 pm: West Bengal govt will give Rs. 5 lakh to family, job to a family member (of CRPF jawans who lost their lives): CM Mamata Banerjee

1:45 pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today visited the house of CRPF jawan K K Das who was killed in the Naxal attack at Sukma in Chhatisgarh and said that the state govrnment would give Rs five lakh to the family of the slain jawan, as per PTI report.

1:40 pm: “Of the 25 CRPF jawans killed in the attack, three hailed from West Bengal. Two were from Cooch Behar and another was from Nadia district. We have decided to give financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh each to the families of the three slain jawans. We will also provide jobs to them”, she told reporters, the PTI report said.

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1:17 pm: Getting reports of three naxal deaths in the attack. Sacrifice of jawans won’t go in vain, will take revenge in naxals’ stronghold, says Bastar IG.

1:15 pm: Naxals started firing, gheraoed CRPF jawans in a restricted area; firing continued for around 1.5 hours, says Bastar IG Vivekanand Sinha, as per ANI report.

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12:57 pm: Saddened, but at the same time feeling very proud.Not only my son, but many others made this sacrifice, says CRPF CT Saurabh Kumar’s father, as per ANI report.

12:52 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh visits Balaji Institute of Medical Science in Raipur to meet injured CRPF personnel

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12:10 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh is meeting injured jawans at Ramkrishna Care hospital, as per ANI report.

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11:57 am: Rajnath Singh had held a meeting with the chief minister and other senior officials of the state.

11:55 am: Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Das Tandon and senior state and paramilitary officials also paid homage.

11:53 am: We have decided to revise our Left Wing Extremism (LWE) strategy if need be,have called a meeting of officials of various state govts on May 8, Rajnath Singh was quoted as saying by ANI.

11:51 am: This is an act of desperation, says Rajnath Singh

11:48 am: Cowardly act, Centre and state Govts will together work and take action, says Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, as per ANI report.

Watch: Wreath-laying ceremony at CAF camp in Raipur

10:56 am: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh are paying tributes to martyred CRPF jawans at CAF camp in Raipur.

10:54 am: Wreath-laying ceremony has begun.

10:45 am: Family mourns the demise of CRPF SI Krishna Kumar Das at his home in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar. Das lost his life in yesterday’s naxal attack.

10:35 am: Congress leader Manish Tewari took to twitter and questioned Centre’s promise of ‘Achhe Din’ and recounted some serious issues including Kashmir unrest, Kulbhushan Jadhav death penalty row and CRPF jawans killing in Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma.

10:30 am: “Kashmir in flames,Maoists massacring CRPF jawans,No Naga accord,Hindi-English divide,Jadhav on death Row,Job layoffs-Good Morning-Ache Din,” Tewari tweeted.

10:25 am: It has been learned that Ministry of Home Affairs has sought report from CRPF on Sukma attack, according to India Today report.

10:20 am: Pictures of 25 CRPF personnel who lost their lives in Naxal attack yesterday.

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10:05 am: Vice President Hamid Ansari condemns attack on CRPF personnel in Sukma. He says, “there can’t be any justification for heinous acts; perpetrators be punished,” as per ANI report.

10:02 am: 70 per cent of Maoist attackers were women, as per ZEE News report.

9:57 am: The CPI(M) has criticised the Centre over the “barbaric” attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district in which at least 25 jawans were killed, saying it is not concerned about internal security.

9:50: Taking to Twitter, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury also wondered on whom the onus of the incident lies and called for fixing political responsibility for the security “failure”.

9:40 am: The names of the others, all belonging to the ‘Delta’ company of the 74th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), are:

9:35 am: Sub-Inspector K K Das, Assistant Sub-Inspectors Sanjay Kumar, Rameswar Lal, Naresh Kumar, Head Constables Surender Kumar, Banna Ram, L P Singh, Naresh Yadav, Padmanabhanand and Ram Mehar, Constables Saurabh Kumar, Abhay Mishra, Banmali Ram, N P Sonkar, K K Pandey, Vinay Chandra Burman, P Alagupandi, Abhay Kumar, N Senthil Kumar, N Thirumurgan, Ranjit Kumar, Ashish Singh, Manoj Kumar and Anup Karmakar.

9:30 am: The six injured have been identified as ASI R Chembram, Constables Mahender Singh, Jitender Kumar, Sher Mohammed, Lachhu Oraon and Sonawane Eashwar Suresh.

Watch: Mortal remains of CRPF personnel brought to CAF camp in Mana in Raipur.

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9:20 am: Minister of State for Home Ministry Hansraj Gangaram Ahir says ‘will take stock of the situation,’ according to CNN News.

9:17 am: “Will ensure no further attacks,” he says.

9:14 am: Ahir says “waiting for a detailed report,” as per the CNN News report.

9:00 am: Mortal remains of CRPF personnel who lost their lives in Naxal attack in Sukma , brought to CAF camp in Mana in Raipur.

8:52 am: My son killed 5 Naxals. Proud of my son, entire village is praying for him, says Fareeda, mother of CRPF constable Sher Mohammed injured in the deadly attack, according to PTI report.

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8:47 am: Home Minister Rajnath Singh to visit Sukma to pay tribute to martyrs. Wreath laying ceremony is likely to be held at CAF camp at 9 AM, as per CNN News.

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7:45 am: BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha Rahul Singh told ANI, “- The government should take harsh measures to finish Naxalism in India. At the same, I appeal the West Bengal government to take strict action against the people who are involved in Maoists activities running at Jadavpur University.”

7:40 am: Condemning the deadly attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday tore into the West Bengal Government for not taking a firm hand in the rampant ‘Maoist activities’ prevalent in the Jadavpur Univeristy, news agency ANI reported.

6:56 am: Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi has expressed ‘distress’ over the incident. “I am distressed to hear of the tragic loss of 26 brave CRPF personnel in Sukma (Chhatisgarh) in a Naxal attack today,” she tweeted.

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Here are all the Updates on the attack:

11.07 pm: CRPF company commander killed in Sukma Naxal ambush: Inspector Raghubir Singh was among the 25 personnel killed in the deadly ambush.

10.00 pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefs PM Modi on Sukma attack

9.20 pm: People in Varanasi pay tribute to 25 CRPF personnel who lost their lives in a Naxal attack in Sukma.

Raman Singh holding an emergency meet.

9.15 pm: Strongly condemn attack on CRPF personnel in Chattisgarh; condolences to families of deceased & prayers for injured: Pranab Mukherjee

9.00 pm: CRPF has revised the death toll to 25 (earlier death toll was 26) in the attack.

8.44 pm: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh holds emergency meeting after 26 CRPF personnel lost their lives in a Naxal attack in Sukma.

8.40 pm: Enquired about the medical condition of CRPF personnel injured in Sukma. Pray for their speedy recovery and well being

7.56 pm: “As per the latest report, we have lost 26 men. We are still to account for all the personnel and a search is on. About 7-8 boys are still missing. The last word on the encounter will come once the entire area has been searched and all troops contacted,” a senior CRPF officer said, adding the paramilitary patrol was about 99 personnel-strong.

7.49 pm: “My heart goes out for the families of Sukma martyrs. Violence in any form is completely unacceptable,” says Arvind Kejriwal.

7.48 pm: Strongly condemn the attack on CRPF Jawans in #Sukma. My tribute to the brave Jawans who sacrificed their lives so that we remain secure, says Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

7.38 pm: I will also talk to the Union Home Minister and Prime Minister as well: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh.

7.38 pm: I will hold a meeting with senior officials and ascertain further details on this incident: Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh #Sukma

7.37 pm: Its a very unfortunate incident, I will talk to CM Raman Singh for more details: HM Rajnath Singh

7.36 pm: “Maoist planted an ambush between Burkapal to Chinta Gufa, where group of Jawans were walking around 50 meters away from the road, so far, the news of killing of 24 jawans have been received. While 6 have are reported to be injured,” Raman Singh said.

7.29 pm: “Going to hospital to meet injured, this was no search operation, they were in the area to review the road constructions work,” CM Raman Singh says.

7.22 pm: Watch Video: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu speaking on Sukma Naxal attack on CRPF personnel

7.12 pm: Death toll of CRPF personnel in #Sukma Naxal attack rises to 26 Chhattisgarh

7.07 pm: “My sincere condolences to the families of CRPF personnel martyred in the attack in Sukma.We salute the sacrifice&courage of our bravehearts. This thoughtless violence will never succeed in weakening our resolve to fight forces of extremism,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

6.50 pm: PM Modi tweets, “Attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh is cowardly & deplorable. We are monitoring the situation closely.”

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First published on: 24-04-2017 at 19:09 IST