A paramilitary trooper, participating in the security operation launched to flush out Maoist rebels from this trouble-torn zone, died of heat stroke on Saturday, a police official said in Lalgarh.
"The (Central Reserve Police Force) CRPF jawan died due to heat stroke apparently after falling sick in the Jhitka jungles," Inspector General of state police (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia told IANS in Kolkata.
The trooper's body was brought to Midnapore for post-mortem examination.
This is the first death among security forces after they started marching through the forest, considered a Maoist den, to reach the Lalgarh block headquarters.
Saturday is the third day of the ongoing operations.