Notably, nine jawans were killed after ablast was followed by a heavy exchange of fire between the security forces and the Maoists in which the Maoists also suffered a severe blow, said Vivekanand Sinha, Inspector General (IG) of Police, Bastar.
The blast is suspected to have been triggered by Maoists by joining wires from a distance when the MPV crossed over the IED, officials said.
Awasthi said a patrolling party of the paramilitary was going from Kistaram to Palodi in an anti-landmine vehicle when it was targeted by Naxals by triggering an IED laden in the area.
Nine personnel of the 212 Battalion of the CRPF were killed and one is severely injured in the IED blast, allegedly carried out by Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district earlier today.
Times Now reported that the attack is being seen by officials as a response to the last few encounters in Sukma and other districts. Prior to that in March, another attack left 12 CRPF personnel dead. "I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured jawans", he said. "Only inputs by security forces deployed on the ground reflect the ground situation", Mr Awasthi said.
The injured personnel are being evacuated by a helicopter to Raipur, the CRPF official told IANS. The deadly blow comes almost a year after two ambush attack in Sukhma's region one in Bheji in April led to an attack on 74 battalion claimed 25 lives in April last year.
India's home minister has described the attack as "distressing" and expressed sorrow over the killing of CRPF personnel.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has also demanded a full report on the attack. Six police officials including an SHO were killed in the attack.
Soon after the incident, reinforcement was rushed to the spot, he said, adding that further details were awaited.