Attack on CRPF commandos: Rajnath assures Bihar govt of help

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday assured the Bihar government of all possible help to tackle the Maoists in the wake of the killing of 10 CRPF commandos by the rebels in the State.

In a telephonic conversation with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Mr. Singh took stock of the situation arising out of the ambush by the Naxals in Gaya.

The Home Minister directed Director General of CRPF K. Durga Prasad to visit Gaya-Aurangabad to assess the situation.

The Chief Minister briefed the Home Minister of the steps taken to nab those involved in the attack on the team of COBRA commandos of CRPF, sources said.

The Home Minister assured the Chief Minister of all possible help to the state government to deal with the situation arising out of the attack, the sources said.

Mr. Singh expressed his heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved martyrs and wished speedy recovery of the injured personnel.

Ten CRPF commandos belonging to its elite COBRA battalion were killed and five others injured in a Naxal IED blast in the forests of Bihar’s Aurangabad district, officials said.

The jawans of the COBRA unit were ambushed in the IED blast after which an encounter started on Monday afternoon between the two resulting in the killing of three Naxals by late night.