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After that deadly attack, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said it was a sign of "frustration" of the Naxalites because of the "unprecedented success" of the security operations against them. Here are 10 developments in the story.

The martyred CRPF personnel in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh in a well planned ambush by Maoists belonged to the 74th battalion.

Suspected Maoist rebels killed 24 paramilitary commandos and wounded six on Monday in a remote part of central India, police said.

"I shot dead three Maoists", Jawan Sheikh Mohammad, a CRPF jawan injured in the attack was quoted as saying by the Hindu.

Singh, who reached Raipur with the Additional Director General of CRPF Sudeep Lakhtakia, said that the government would not let the sacrifices made by the soldiers go in vain.

"Strongly condemn attack on CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh; condolences to families of deceased and prayers for injured", the president said in a tweet. At the centre of the fight is a 20-kilometre stretch of road.

The security forces were hit by heavy gunfire from about 500 Maoist rebels hidden in the dense forests they were passing through, CRPF spokesman Siroj Kujur told CNN.

The officer said the CRPF patrol, like in the Bheji incident, was sanitising the area where a road is being laid between Burkapal and Jagargunda, when the assault happened. Our hearts go out to the martyred.

He also directed to provide best possible medical assistance to the injured personnel admitted in the two hospitals in Raipur. Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh cut short a visit to Delhi and rushed to Raipur, where he was said to have called an emergency meeting with the cabinet of ministers. "The villagers deceived us as the Maoists took their cover for ambush on us". "Extremely pained to know about the killing of CRPF personnel in Sukma".

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh, Governor Balramji Das Tandon, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Ahir and senior state and paramilitary officials were also present at the wreath laying ceremony.

However conflict expert Ajit Kumar Singh said the attack, which came just a month after a deadly ambush in the same location, was the result of a military intelligence failure.

While a top CRPF officer said the killed troops had "finished their lunch" and may be were not in an absolute alert mode for the next few minutes, other officials said "some of them were having their lunch" when the attack was launched around 12:30 pm.