Days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bijapur visit, Naxals today carried out a major attack on security forces, killing at least two District Reserve Guard (DRG) jawans and injuring several others.
A Naxal IED blast killed two jawans and left at least five others injured in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur today. The incident took place when extremists attacked a police vehicle between Kuthenaar and Tumnaar, when the DRG jawans were coming back from a routine patrolling.
"Two security personnel dead, five injured in IED attack on police party vehicle near Bijapur's Kutru," DM Awasthi, special DG, anti-Naxal operations told media.
All the injured have been taken to a Raipur hospital for treatment via helicopter.
According to reports, the attack was in protest of PM Modi's pending visit to the region.
Speaking to India TV, Bastar IG Vivekanand Sinha confirmed the incident and said that the patrolling in the region has been intensified.
#SpotVisuals 2 security personnel dead, 5 injured in IED attack on police party vehicle near Bijapur's Kutru: DM Awasthi, special DG, anti-naxal operations #Chhattisgarh (Visuals deferred by unspecified time) pic.twitter.com/XcfEIQ5h9B— ANI (@ANI) April 9, 2018
PM Modi is expected to launch an ambitious healthcare programme, Ayushman Bharat, from Bijapur on April 14.
He will also address a rally and inaugurate a railway line from Dalli Rajahara to Bhanupratapur.
Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh along with state BJP president Dharmlal Kaushik had visited Bijapur on Friday to review the security arrangements.