A team of senior CRPF officers rushed to Chhattisgarh along with Union home minister Rajnath Singh to assess the cause behind the heavy losses and have returned with worrying details of the way the force was operating in a known Maoist hotbed.
Condemning the attack, the Home Minister said that the sacrifice of the jawans would not go in vain.
Khan said there were women in the group of Naxalites that attacked the CRPF team in Sukma. "These are preliminary assessments, but we believe that the men had a lapse in concentration and were not adequately guarding their position, allowing the Maoists to surround and ambush them", a senior official said.
Rajnath Singh paid a visit to the local hospital in Raipur where the injured Jawans are being treated. He said, the State Government has chose to enhance developmental activities and construction works in the region with a new vigour.
"Maoist commander Situ was camping in Tadmetla village, the place where 75 CRPF personnel and one of the state police were massacred in April 2010, for the last few days, he said".
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, too, called the attack "condemnable" saying development work as well as anti-Naxal operations would continue unabated.
The central government has been trying to boost the morale of the forces by providing them necessary infrastructure and logistics for anti-Maoist operations, Kumar and Lakhtakia said.
The villagers were not only supportive but also acted as informers for the security forces updating them about the Naxal activities going on in and around the Maoist hotbed of Bastar. The controversial Act gives sweeping powers, such as the right to shoot at sight, to the forces.
"We have lost precious lives of our soldiers".
The insurgents, who say they are inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, have been fighting for more than three decades in central and eastern India, staging hit-and-run attacks to press their demand for a greater share of wealth and more jobs for the poor.
Singh arrived in Raipur at around 10.30 a.m. and directly headed to the headquarters of the 4th battalion of Chhattisgarh Armed Force in Mana camp area where the wreath-laying ceremony was held. "The area is a Maoist stronghold and the forces were supposed to be on their toes round the clock", a home ministry official said.
In a statement issued here, the Ministry said that report that lack of financial resources is the reason for casualty of CRPF personnel in the battle against Left Wing Extremism is factually incorrect.
CRPF personnel deployed for long stints in the Maoist hotbed of Sukma in Chhattisgarh are showing signs of fatigue, according to officials.
Narendra Modi, India's prime minister sent his condolences to the families of the soldiers killed in the attack.