12 April, Raipur
Bad weather and hostile terrain have hampered the evacuation operation in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district where armed rebels had Saturday ambushed a team of Special Task Force killing seven personnel.
Additional Director General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) R K Vij said that the operation is underway in Polampalli region to retrieve the bodies of martyred Police force personnel.
He said keeping in view the sensitive nature of the region, the forces are extra cautious while carrying out the casualty evacuation operation.
Seven Special Task Force personnel were killed and ten others injured yesterday when Naxals ambushed them in the forests of Pidmel village under Polampalli police station limits, around 450 kms from the state capital Raipur. The deceased included a platoon commander-ranked officer.
The two-hour gun battle took place in worst-affected Pidmel-Polampalli area of the district when a squad of state police was conducting a search operation.
Meanwhile, the injured personnel are undergoing treatmentat Raipur and Jagdalpur.