In the deadliest ambush by Naxalites of security forces this year, at least 25 CRPF personnel were killed and seven wounded in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Monday. The nearly 100-strong CRPF patrol which provides security for road construction work was attacked by Maoist guerrillas. Heavy casualties were inflicted on the personnel.

The area of the attack is close to the Chintagufa-Burkapal-Bheji axis, the hotbed of Naxal violence which has seen a number of such attacks in the past resulting in high casualties.

Condemning the attack, President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the situation is being closely monitored. “Strongly condemn the attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh; condolences to families of deceased and prayers for injured,” the President said in a tweet.

The Prime Minister also applauded the martyrs for their courage and tweeted: “We are proud of the valour of our @crpfindia personnel. The sacrifice of the martyrs will not go in vain. Condolences to their families,” he added.

Twitter too is flooded with tributes for the martyrs. A strong action from the government against this attack also seems to be the common sentiment on Twitter.

Bowing our heads to salute the heros

But Twitter also asks if condemnation from the PM, President and others is enough?

Should the forces plan a surgical strike against Naxals too?

The paramilitary force had in a statement on Monday said that “The CRPF troops replied in a befitting manner but taking geographical position in(sic) their advantage, Maoists succeeded in inflicting loss to CRPF. 24 brave soldiers were martyred at the battle ground and one succumbed to his injuries while being evacuated to hospital in Raipur.”

It also said that considerable number of Maoists are believed to have been eliminated as the tell-tale sign indicate from the ground. Reinforcements, including CoBRA commandos of the CRPF and its other units, have been sent to the scene from the nearest camp of the paramilitary force.