Indian cricketer Suresh Raina
Indian cricketer Suresh Raina
@dhoniraina_team (twitter)

The death of 22 jawans in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur during an enocunter between the CRPF officials and Naxals has shook the entire nation. Leaders, politicians across the nation have been expressing grief on the disgraceful and terrible incident that took place yesterday in Bijapur area of Chhattisgarh. Cricketers Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina too have condoled the death of the jawans who lost their lives in the encounter.

In a tweet, Suresh Raina wrote, "Distressed to see the killing of at least 22 of our jawans by naxals in Chhattisgarh. Any life lost hurts, but for any nation, the life of its jawan is priceless. They are the real desh-bhakts. Hope the real culprits are brought to justice. Om Shanti. Jai Hind."

While, Shikhar Dhawan wrote, My condolences to the loved ones of the brave jawans who were killed. Thoughts and prayers with their family."

India cricket team captain Virat Kohli wrote, Absolutely tragic to hear about the loss of lives of our brave jawans. My condolences to the bereaved families.

Veteran crickter Virender Sehwag wrote, "Heart breaking to hear the news of loss of 22 security personnel and injuries to many in the #NaxalAttack in Sukma in Chhattisgarh. Nation is indebted to the jawans who laid down their lives. Naman to the martyrs."

So far 17 bodies have been recovered from the site of the encounter today, said Chhattisgarh Director-General of Police DM Awasthi on Sunday. Local sources on the ground claimed that the death toll figures may shoot up to 28.

As per the latest inputs, 31 jawans injured in the gunfight have been admitted to the hospitals at Bijapur, Jagdalpur, and Raipur, but the number may surge up to 37, the sources said.

Notably, seven critically injured jawans were airlifted to Raipur, on Saturday, and admitted to a private hospital.

Chhattisgarh government, on Saturday, issued a press release stating that five security forces were killed and 12 injured in a fierce encounter between the forces and Naxals in the Bijapur district.

Meanwhile, HM Amit Shah told the Chief Minister that the Union Government and the State Government will together win this fight. He said that whatever help is needed from the central government, will be given to the state government.

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