A CRPF jawan was killed and four others, including two officers, were injured in an IED blast in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Sukma district.
Police said the incident occurred on Friday the forests near Murliguda village when a patrol party of the 217th battalion was out to provide security to an under-construction road between Murliguda and Banda under Konta police station area.
While head constable Ranga Raghavan succumbed to injuries later in the day, injured deputy commandant Shyam Niwas is critical and his colleague and DC Prabhat Tripathi and two other jawans are stable.
The team ventured out from the Murliguda paramilitary camp for patrolling around 9am and the improvised explosive blast occurred soon after when they reached just about 500 metre away from the camp.
The personnel inadvertently stepped over a pressure IED hidden beneath the dirt track by the Maoists, police said.
The injured personnel who first evacuated to Bhadrachalam were later airlifted to Hyderabad for further treatment.