Four border security force (BSF) personnel and two special task force (STF) jawans were killed in separate Maoist attacks in Odisha and Chhattisgarh on Tuesday.
A landmine blast in Odisha’s Koraput district was triggered by Maoists at around 8am at Ralegada on NH-26 when a convoy of three BSF vehicles carrying 18 personnel passed a culvert.
The first vehicle escaped untouched but the blast blew up the second vehicle killing four personnel on the spot and injuring two others.
In Chhattisgarh, STF commander Loh Bhagat and STF constable Shivkumar Kujur were killed in a fierce exchange of fire with Maoists near Mardum in Bastar district about 350 km south of Raipur.
Two Maoists were shot dead during the two-hour gunfight.
Bastar police said the encounter took place during a combing operation by the STF and district police team.
“The attack was strongly retaliated by the forces. We have recovered bodies of two women Maoists,” Bastar superintendent of police Ajay Yadav told HT.
Past Maoist attacks in Odisha
July 2, 2013: Six people including a policeman were injured in an encounter with Naxals in Sonepur.
April 13, 2009: At least 11 CISF jawans and four Maoists were killed when Naxals attacked a well-guarded armoury and bauxite mine of Nalco in Odisha's Koraput district.
June 29, 2008: CPI (Maoist) forces attacked a boat carrying anti-Naxal police officers and 60 Greyhound commandoes at the Balimela reservoir in Odisha's Malkangiri district. The boat sunk, killing 38 troops, while 26 survived.
(With inputs from PTI)