5 policemen injured in IED blast carried out by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma
Police said the blast was triggered in a forest near Sirsetti village when the security personnel were out on an anti-Maoists operation.india Updated: Mar 24, 2018 23:31 IST
Five District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawans were injured in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast, suspected to be carried out by Maoists, in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Saturday, police said.
The incident comes 10 days after nine CRPF personnels were killed in a blast in the district on March 13.
The blast took place around 3 pm in a forest near Sirsetti village under Fulbagdi police station limits when a police DRG team was returning after an anti-Maoist operation, Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Sundarraj P told PTI.
Fulbagdi is around 500 km from state capital Raipur.
The DIG said after detonating the Improvised Explosive Device (IED), the Maoists opened fire on the DRG team, which led to a gun-battle.
However, the ultras fled after a brief exchange of fire, he said.
“Assistant constables Padam Muya, Nurum Dula, Sodhi Deva, Kartam Pandu and constable Kichhe Naga were injured in the blast,” he said.
Soon after getting information about the incident, reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured jawans were airlifted to Raipur for treatment, he said.
Earlier, nine Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed in a blast carried out by Maoists between Kistaram and Palodi villages in Sukma on March 13.
The blast hit the mine-protected vehicle (MPV) in which the CRPF men were travelling.
Sukma, considered as one of the worst Maoist-affected areas, has witnessed several major attacks on security forces in the past, more particularly in summer when the rebels carry out their annual “tactical counter offensive campaign (TCOC)”.
Security forces are put on high alert during this period.