Three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, including an officer, were injured in an IED blast on Monday in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.
The incident occurred between Chintagufa-Burkapal at around 9am when a road opening party (ROP) of 74th battalion of CRPF was carrying out its task under Chintagufa police station limits, Sukma additional superintendent of police, Santosh Singh, told PTI.
Inspector Ravi Singh and a constable S Babu were among those injured. Constable Arjun Ram was critically injured in the blast, the ASP said.
The ROP party had set out for the operation from Chintagufa towards Burkapal. When it was about 2km from Chintagufa, security forces inadvertently stepped over a pressure IED laid by Naxals, triggering the blast and leaving the three of them injured, Singh said.
The injured were admitted to a local CRPF field hospital from where they will be airlifted to Raipur for medical care, he added.
Forces have been rushed to the area and a search operation has been launched to track down the ultras, the officer said.
Sukma is one of the worst-hit Maoist affected districts of the state in the Bastar region.