Raipur, Feb. 10. (PTI): Eight CISF jawans were killed and nine injured when a large number of heavily-armed Naxalites attacked an explosive depot of the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) in Dhantewada district of Chhattisgarh in the small hours today, police said. "A large number of Maoists past midnight attacked the explosive depot of NMDC located at Kirandul, about 550 km from the state capital, and killed eight CISF jawans and injuring nine," Dhantewada police sources said.
The Maoists also looted 14 Self Loading Rifles (SLR), one 9 mm pistol, two wireless sets and huge amounts of explosive material, including detonators and fuses, stocked by the PSU for its own mining activities, the sources said. After carrying out several blasts, the Maoists fired indiscriminately at the CISF jawans, the sources said, adding the attack was aimed at looting explosive materials and weapons from the depot. The naxalites outnumbered the jawans who were guarding the explosive depot, state Director General of Police Om Prakash Rathor said.