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CRPF sub-inspector killed, jawan injured in IED blast triggered by Maoists in Chhattisgarh

A sub-inspector of the CRPF’s elite CoBRA unit was killed and a constable injured when a pressure bomb, planted by Maoists, went off in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district. The blast occurred when a road opening party of the CoBRA was out on patrolling.

india Updated: May 24, 2018 14:11 IST
Ritesh Mishra and S Kareemuddin
Ritesh Mishra and S Kareemuddin
Press Trust of India, Raipur
CRPF,IED blast,Maoists
A combing operation has been launched in the forest near Puswada village in Sukma district to nab the ultras behind the IED blast that killed a CoBRA sub-inspector.(AFP/Photo for representation)

A sub-inspector of the CRPF’s CoBRA wing was killed and a constable seriously injured in a blast caused due to a pressure bomb planted by Maoists in South Sukma on Thursday morning.

Inspector general of police ( Bastar range ) Vivekanand Sinhna told Hindustan Times that the incident took place in Puswada village under Pollampalli police station area in South Sukma at around 8 am.

“A road opening party of of the 206 battalion of CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) was on patrolling duty when a pressure bomb exploded and sub-inspector Rajesh Kumar and constable Manik Tinpare were injured. Both were rushed to the field hospital in Chintagufa camp for treatment where Rajesh died,” said the I-G.

The constable was sent to Raipur for further treatment, he added.

He further said that reinforcements were rushed to the spot and combing operation is going on.

On Sunday, seven security personnel were killed when Maoists blew up their vehicle with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Dantewada district. Maoists also looted six automatic rifles of the police personnel.

Maoists generally conduct their tactical counter offensive campaign (TCOC) against security forces from March to June every year, trying to inflict maximum damage.

First Published: May 24, 2018 11:00 IST