One Jawan Killed in Naxal Attack


Update: At least one jawan was killed and another seriously injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast by Naxalites in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh.

Raipur: Two security forces personnel were injured on Wednesday in a landmine blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district.

The explosion occurred on Wednesday morning when a joint team of Border Security Force (BSF) and district force was out on an operation under Koyalibeda police station limits, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena said.

When the security forces were cordoning-off a forested patch near Markanar village, located nearly 300 kms from Raipur, in north Bastar, the Naxals triggered the blast in which two jawans were injured, Meena said.

“Assistant Constable Baijuram Potai and Constable Santram Netam, belonging to district police, sustained injuries in the incident,” the SP said.

Reinforcement was soon rushed to the spot and the injured policemen were being airlifted to Raipur for treatment, he said.
A combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the attackers, he added.

Security has been heightened across the insurgency-hit areas of Chhattisgarh, particularity in Bastar region, as the Maoists are observing the PLGA week from December 2-8 to commemorate their slain leaders.