Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh expressed his grief over the death of 22 jawans in an encounter that broke out between the naxals and security forces along the border between Bijapur and Sukma districts in Chhattisgarh on Saturday.
“Deeply anguished to hear about the martyrdom of 22 security personnel in Sukma District, Chhattisgarh. The Nation is indebted to the brave martyrs and their sacrifices will not go in vain. My condolences to the bereaved families and praying for the speedy recovery of the injured,” Biren writes on his Facebook wall.
In the encounter 31 personnel were injured and one was missing. Out of the injured personnel 16 belonged to CRPF. Thirty of them were admitted to hospitals.
The four-hour long encounter took place in the forests of South Bastar.
Bijapur superintendent of police Kamalochan Kashyap confirmed that 22 security personnel lost their lives in the naxal attack. Bodies of 15 naxals were also recovered from the encounter site while 20 were injured, says media reports.