by MANU SOOD
In one of the deadliest Maoist Naxal offensive against Indian security forces, 73 paramilitary police have been killed and 12 injured in an ambush in Dantewada district of the Chhattisgarh on Tuesday morning.
The attack took place while the forces consisting of around 120 personnel were returning to their base camp when the red guerrillas ambushed the troopers of 62nd battalion. The naxalites had also triggered land mine blasts, which has also resulted in high casualties.
In order to bring the situation under control, more paramilitary troops have been despatched to the sight of ambush and senior officials, including the Director General of Central Police Vikram Srivastava will be visiting the sight soon to assess the reasons for such high casualties. It is speculated that the police may have walked into a trap or Naxal camp unaware of their presence.