New Delhi: The Centre has sought a detailed report from the Chhattisgarh government on the Saturday evening incident in which a large number of Maoists attacked a Congress party convoy, killing at least 16 people and injuring 25.

Congress leaders killed in Maoist attack

According to Home Ministry sources, a detailed report into the incident has been sought from the state government. They said Minister of State for Home RPN Singh and senior ministry officials are visiting the state to take stock of the situation.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday visited the injured in hospital.

A convoy of Congress leaders, returning to Jagdalpur after holding a rally near the southern Sukma town, not far from the Andhra Pradesh border, was ambushed in a densely forested area around 5.15 pm on Saturday.

Heavily-armed Maoists carried out a landmine blast and then opened fire, killing 16 people - including Congress leader Mahendra Karma and another party leader - and injuring 25 others.

Congress leader and former Union Minister VC Shukla was critically injured in the incident. Shukla received three bullets in the indiscriminate firing by the Maoists. The state is headed for assembly elections later this year.


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