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He said that yesterday morning, an exchange of fire took place between the CoBRA personnel (an elite wing of the CRPF) and Naxals. Asking for protection is a routine affair as both the forces work in coordination in most of the operations in the Maoist-affected district.

On March 13, around 9 CRPF jawans were killed and over 5 were left severely injured after Naxalites attacked the team of jawans patrolling in the area. In the past couple of years, several security personnel posted at road construction sites in Sukma district have been killed in the line of duty.

"Failed intelligence mechanism, a lack of political will and (shortage of) resources to security forces have led to an increase in the Maoist violence", state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel and Leader of Opposition T S Singhdeo told reporters. Earlier in the day, Maoists had staged a similar attack but they fled after CRPF forces retaliated.

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"Eight paramilitary personnel, belonging to the 212th battalion, were killed in the blast", he said. "Naxals know they can not take on us face to face any more so they are using bombs to target vehicles on road".

The Maoists used a huge quantity of explosives to blow up the vehicle; multiple improvised explosive devices were concealed under the dirt track, a senior official said. But "thinking that, if any untoward incident happened with the DRG, he would be held responsible, Dhar finally chose to send a team of 212 battalion with the Sukma S.P. It was the biggest mistake", Dinakaran said. "Over 20 men were in the two MPVs", he narrated. Dinakaran said the MPV had the capacity to withstand an IED with explosives up to 60 kg.