COBRA force of CRPF proficient in guerrilla tactics and jungle warfare is trained to tackle the Naxalist insurgency in India.
Those killed in the encounter were: assistant sub-inspector RKS Tomar, constable Ajay Kumar Yadav, constable Manoranjan Lanka, constable Jitendra Singh, constable Shobhit Sharma, constable Manoj Singh, constable Dharmendra Singh, constable Chandra HS and head constable Lakshman.
The armoured MPV had gone about 10-feet into the air and crashed on the ground before splitting into pieces.
Seven policemen were killed in a landmine blast which was carried out by Maoist rebels in Koraput region, almost 550 km south of Bhubaneshwar district in Orissa.
Earlier this month, the CRPF for the first time set up 3 permanent camps in the Abujhmadh forests in Chhattisgarh which are considered to be a Maoist hotbed, to launch "surgical" operations against the ultras, a year after the forces lost 37 personnel in 2 ambushes. In the blast, nine CRPF personnel have died while Six jawans have been injured.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has also demanded a full report on the attack.
The personnel were conducting an area-domination operation in forests located in the Kistaram area when the unfortunate incident happened. More forces have reached the spot.
The encounter took place near Pujarikanker in Chattisgarh, 30 kms from Venkatapuram in Bhadradri Kothagudem district of Telangana. The red rebels used a lot of explosives to blow up the vehicle.
In 2015, 59 security personnel were killed in a total of 1,089 incidences related to left-wing extremism, followed by 65 in 2016 and 75 deaths in 2017.