Naxals blow up CRPF bus in Maharashtra; 15 killed
Nagpur: At least 15 personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were on Tuesday killed in a landmine blast triggered by suspected Naxals in Maharashtra's Gadchiroli district.
According to officials, the paramilitary personnel were travelling in a bus when the incident occurred.
The Naxals have targeted paramilitary personnel in a similar manner on several previous occasions also, leading to his casualties.
For instance, several jawans of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) travelling in three buses were killed when Naxals triggered a landmine blast on the Dantewada Highway in Chhattisgarh on October 7 last year.
Earlier that year, on June 10, ten security men lost their life when Maoists blew up an anti-landmine vehicle in Katikalyan area of Dantewada district.
On May 17, 2010, Maoists targeted a civilian bus in Dantewada on which CRPF jawans and Special Police Officers were travelling. Over 40 people were killed in that attack.
That attack took place only a month after Dantewada recorded the worst-ever massacre of CRPF jawans, when 76 troops were killed in a Maoist attack.
Following such incidents, questions have been raised as to why the security apparatus have failed to prevent security men from walking into such traps laid by the Naxals.