Raipur: A jawan was killed and two others injured in a bomb blast by Maoists in the insurgency-hit Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday.
The incident took place around 8am when a road opening party of the District Reserve Group (DRG) was crossing the Karel Valley in Narayanpur police station area, a senior police official said.
The patrolling was being conducted to ensure security in the region ahead of a public grievances redressal camp to be held at Akabeda village fall in Abhujmad area.
Scheduled as per the demand of villagers, the redressal camp was to be attended by Narayanpur Collector and superintendent of police to hear the grievances of villagers, the official said.
The security personnel proceeded for the operation from Narayanpur district headquarters and when they reached the Karel Valley close, Maoists triggered the blast following which an exchange of fire broke out, the official said, adding that rebels soon fled into dense forest.
“Assistant constable Puran Potai was killed in the blast while two others sustained minor injuries,” he added.
Soon after, reinforcements rescued the injured were taken to a local hospital for treatment. An intense combing operation was launched in the region to trace the assailants.
Another police officer said Maoist had been opposing the public grievances redressal camp.