24/04/2017 3:47 PM IST | Updated 24/04/2017 8:02 PM IST

26 CRPF Personnel Killed In Encounter With Maoists In Chhattisgarh's Sukma

Seven others are injured.

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SUKMA (CHHATTISGARH) -- Twenty-six Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and seven others injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma area, sources told HuffPost India.

The mortal remains of six of the dead personnel have reached the Burkapal camp, reported ANI

The seven injured CRPF personnel have been shifted to a hospital in Raipur in critical condition, while according to sources, seven soldiers are still unaccounted for. Rescue operations are underway.

As many as 90 CRPF jawans of the 74th Battalion were a part of the road opening party when they were attacked by the Naxals. Their weapons were also looted.

Director General of the CRPF and senior officials are reaching Raipur and further to Sukma on the morning of 25 April.

Bastar Inspector General Vivekanand Sinha and DIG Sunderraj have already left for Sukma.

MoS Home Hansraj Ahir will visit Raipur today in the wake of Naxal attack.

Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has cancelled his engagements in Delhi and has rushed for Raipur where he will hold a meeting later today.

The Congress Party has described the encounter killing of 12 CRPF personnel by Naxals as extremely unfortunate and called on the Narendra Modi-led NDA government to initiate appropriate counter action.

Addressing the media here, party spokesman Manish Tiwari said, "Extremely unfortunate. Hope government will act with alacrity. Hope government initiates appropriate action against people responsible for attack."

With inputs from Agencies.

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