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16 dead, 11 injured in Chhattisgarh Maoist attack

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 - 7:20am IST | Place: Chhattisgarh | Agency: dna

Maoists on Tuesday ambushed a security team in Sukma district, killing 16 people, including 11 CRPF jawans, and injuring over 10 in a chilling reminder of the 2010 Dantewada massacre that left 76 CRPF men dead in the same area.

The IB says it alerted the SPs of Dantewada, Sukma and Jagdalpur about a sizeable Maoist build-up in the Karkapal area where Tuesday's incident took place.

dna has exclusive information that five dreaded Maoist commanders engineered the attack on the CRPF team that was guarding a road-building team in the Tongpal area.

The IB letter indicates that Bhagat Ji from adjoining Odisha entered the Dornapal area on March 5 with a band of 150 Maoists. Commander from Chhattisgarh's Jiram area Deva Ji moved in with 25 men around the same time. Mantu Ji, Jagdish and Marjum set up base in Karkapal by March 7. "They were camping in the area for the past two days," an IB officer said.

The IB submitted a detailed report on their movement and alerted officials in Dantewada, Sukma and Jagdalpur. The agency reported similar Maoist movement just before the December state assembly elections. Maoists from five states sneaked in Chhattisgarh through the Andhra and Odisha borders. But they could not carry out any deadly attack because of the sizeable presence of security forces.

No one knows why the IB report was overlooked. But it led to another dreaded attack in the area that has now earned the dubious distinction of being the most dangerous place in the world as the entire stretch of road is believed to be laden with mines.

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