BSF jawan injured in IED blast, Naxal gunned down in poll-bound Chhattisgarh
jkupdate.com | 11-Nov-2018 01:29 PM
  • This is the fourth IED blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh in the last 15 days.(File photo)

RAIPUR: A Border Security Force personnel was injured and a Naxal was killed in two separate incidents in poll-bound Chhattisgarh on Sunday, security forces said as the state prepares to vote in the first phase of Assembly elections on Monday.

Kanker Superintendent of Police K L Dhruv told, A team of the BSF was out on an area domination operation when Naxals blew up the improvised explosive device (IED) in a forest between Kattakal and Gome villages around 200 km from here. 

“BSF's sub-inspector Mahendra Singh sustained injuries in the explosion,” he said.

“The injured trooper is being evacuated from the forest and reinforcement is being sent in,” he said, adding that a search operation was underway in the region.

This is the fourth IED blast triggered by Naxals in Chhattisgarh in the last 15 days.

Maoist gunned down in encounter

A Maoist was gunned down in a separate encounter with security forces in Chhattigsarh's Bijapur district on Sunday morning.

The exchange of fire took place at a forest in Bedre area when a team of the Special Task Force (STF) was out on an anti-Naxal operation, a senior police official said.

As per the ground report, a body of a Naxal clad in 'uniform' and a rifle were recovered from the spot, located around 450 km from here, he said.

Further details are awaited as the search operation was still underway, he added.

Security has been heightened in seven districts of Bastar division and Rajnandgaon district which go to polls in the first phase on Monday.

Around one lakh security personnel have been deployed to ensure smooth conduct of elections.

Naxalites have called for a boycott of polls in the state and have executed half-a-dozen attacks in the last 15 days, three of them major ones that left 13 people dead, including a cameraperson of national broadcaster Doordarshan who was covering the election campaign.

Two BSF jawans were injured in an IED blast on November 2 in the same area in Kanker district.

On October 27, four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and two others injured after Maoists blew up their bullet proof bunker vehicle with an IED in Bijapur district.

On November 8, four civilians and a CISF jawan were killed when Naxals detonated an IED in Dantewada district.

Polling parties are being sent to their destination amid tight security, election authorities said.

The 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly will go to polls in two phases—on November 12 and 20—and the results will be announced on December 11.

The first phase of polls on Monday will cover 18 constituencies of eight Naxal-affected districts that include Bastar, Kanker, Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur, Kondagaon and Rajnandgaon.

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