Narayanpur: Even as counter-insurgency operations continue relentlessly in Left-wing extremism-affected Bastar division, an assistant sub-inspector of the Indo-Tibetan Police Force’s 53rd Battalion was martyred and two constables injured on Monday in Naxal IED explosions triggered within hours of each other in this district.
The first occurred near Dhondhri Beda in Sonpur Police Station limits. “The ITBP detachment had set out for providing security cover to road-laying work. ASI Rajendra Singh succumbed at the District Hospital where Head Constable Mahesh is undergoing treatment.
Superintendent of Police Sadanand Kumar led a force to the scene. A search operation is underway in the surrounding areas,” Inspector General Sundarraj Pattilingam confirmed.
A constable of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force’s 9th Battalion sustained a grievous injury to his right leg in the second incident on Orchha road about 500 m from Aamdai mine and 51 km from here.
“Const Bheema – who hails from Sukma district’s Errabore – was brought by ambulance to the Chhotedongar Health Centre where he was administered first aid, then rushed here and subsequently conveyed by helicopter to Raipur,” Additional Superintendent of Police Neeraj Chandrakar said.
Late Sunday, Maoists hung two huge posters – from trees near Aamdai Ghati – expressing their protest against mining activity and also blocked a road by felling a power pole plus a tree. Police rushed to the scene, seized the posters and cleared the path.
Later, a team comprising personnel from Chhotedongar and Aamdai Camp set out on an area domination exercise. The blast occurred at approximately 1215 hrs at the spot where the posters had been put up.