Eleven Central Reserve Police Force, CRPF personnel were today killed and 29 others injured when a bus they were travelling in, was blown up in a landmine blast trigerred by Naxalites in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. CRPF officials told our correspondent in New Delhi,the troops were going to Gatta for duty from Pushtola around noon when the blast took place killing them on-the-spot. They said that a helicopter and a reinforcement team have been rushed to-the-spot. The officials said the exact number of security personnel travelling in the bus was not immediately known and the toll could go up. The troops belonging to the 192nd battalion of the force were deployed in the area.
CRPF Chief K Vijay Kumar, who is on a tour of Maharashtra, was in Gadchiroli area after he started from Nagpur this morning. He would be visiting the blast site.