KKR wore the black armbands as mark of respect for Sukma attack    BCCI
KKR wore the black armbands as mark of respect to CRPF personnel BCCI

On Wednesday evening the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) cricketers donned black armbands during their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) as a mark of respect to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel killed in the Maoist attack in Sukma. As many as 25 were killed in what is being described as one of the deadliest attacks on the force in the last seven years, in Sukma district of the Chhattisgarh state. KKR, led by Gautam Gambhir, paid its respects to the slain personnel who were killed in an ambushed attacked when they were assisting road construction work. Full Cricket Scorecard, Rising Pune Supergiant vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2017, Match 30

According to IANS, hundreds of Maoists ambushed and massacred at least 24 CRPF personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district in the bloodiest attack this year, on Monday. CRPF told that the deadly ambush took place at 12.30 p.m. when its 74th Battalion reached a forested area in Kala Pathar near Chintagufa. CRPF’s Deputy Inspector General M. Dinakaran said 11 bodies were first recovered and a 12th trooper succumbed to his injuries in a hospital here. A subsequent search of the area led to 12 more bodies.

A trooper who survived the horror said about 300 Maoists surprised the paramilitary personnel when they were preparing lunch. The guerrillas, who were in hiding, opened fire indiscriminately and lobbed hand grenades as well, taking the CRPF by surprise.