At least 18 Indian paramilitary personnel were feared killed today when Maoists attacked them in Chhattisgarh of India in the run up to parliamentary elections, media reports said.
“We suspect 15 security personnel have been killed in the attack,” said Mukesh Gupta, the additional director general of police in Chhattisgarh.
On the other hand, Central Reserve Police Force confirmed the death of its three personnel in the ambush, reports our New Delhi correspondent Pallab Bhattacharya.
The Maoists set off an improvised explosive device followed it up by opening fire at a contingent of the security men in a forest of Jheerum Ghati in Dantewadea district of the Indian state around 10:30am, triggering an encounter.
The attack was not far from the spot in Chhattisgarh where the Maoists had carried out a major attack in May last year, killing several senior leaders of Congress party ahead of state legislature elections.
Chhattisgarh has since long been hit by Maoists violence.