Landmine blast leaves three ITBP jawans dead in Chhattisgarh
On a day when the new CRPF director general K Vijay Kumar was on his maiden visit to Chhattisgarh capital, the Maoists triggered a powerful landmine blast in the Rajnandgaon border area adjoining Maharashtra about 160 km west of Raipur killing three jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police on the spot today.india Updated: Oct 08, 2010 17:07 IST
On a day when the new CRPF director general K Vijay Kumar was on his maiden visit to Chhattisgarh capital, the Maoists triggered a powerful landmine blast in the Rajnandgaon border area adjoining Maharashtra about 160 km west of Raipur killing three jawans of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on the spot on Friday. The three jawans belonged to 38th battalion of ITBP.
Two personnel were reportedly injured and shifted to the hospital.
CRPF chief Vijay Kumar met the chief minister Dr Raman Singh and top state officials in the secretariat on Friday and held discussion on the strategy to counter the Maoists menace. He will most likely visit the Maoists hotbed of Bastar region, before leaving for Gadchiroli (Maharashtra) on Saturday evening.
The Director General of Police Vishwaranjan, who goes by his first name, told Hindustan Times that ITBP men were on their way back after meeting with their officers in Maharashtra when the rear party vehicle was trapped in the blast. “Three ITBP men were killed on the spot in the area half a km inside the border of Maharashtra state”, the DGP said.
One head constable and two constables were killed in the blast. Reinforcement were rushed to the explosion site and search operation has been launched in the area.
The police spokesperson Rajesh Mishra told HT that this is the first ever casualty suffered by the ITBP force in Chhattisgarh ever since they were deployed in Chhattisgarh.
The rebels have been particularly targeting the paramilitary forces in the state ever since the joint operation against the left-wing extremists was launched last year by the state police and the central forces. After inflicting huge casualty on the CRPF personnel in south Bastar during the recent months, the leftist ultras targeted Border Security Force (BSF) on August 29 killing three jawans in Kanker.
Rajnandgaon is among the twelve Maoists-infested districts of Chhattisgarh and adjoins the Maharashtra border. Last year on July 12, the red guerillas killed 30 policemen including the superintendent of police in Rajnandgaon.