2 SSB Jawans Injured in Chhattisgarh IED Blast

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Raipur: Two Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) jawans were on Monday injured in an IED explosion triggered by Maoist in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district, police said.

The blast occurred when the security forces were patrolling to ensure security to the under construction railway track between Kacche and Bhaismudi villages in Bhanupratappur region, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena told PTI.

A team of SSB was carrying out patrolling near the railway track being laid as part of the under construction Dallirajhra Rowghat rail project. When they reached between Kacche and Bhaismudi, the Naxals triggered the explosion, he said.

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“Constables Ayon Mandal and Parmanand Maurya have sustained superficial injuries in the blast,” the SP said, adding they have been admitted to a local hospital in Bhanupratappur.

Preliminary probe revealed that the IED, placed in a pressure cooker, was planted under a heap of murrum, around 30 metres away from the under construction railway track, the SP said.

Combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the attackers, he added. Notably, the construction of Dallirajhara Rowghat Jagdalpur broad gauge railway project, covering a length of 235 km, is underway. It would facilitate evacuation of rich iron-ore from the pocket considered to be under the influence of Maoists in north Bastar region.

The laying of railway tracks of 95 km in the first phase from Dallirajhara (Balod district) to Rowghat (Kanker) is going on at a rapid pace.