One CRPF officer was martyred and a jawan was injured in an IED blast triggered by Naxals in the dense forests of Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Sukma district today.
The incident took place early this morning when a patrolling team of CRPF's 74th battalion was out on an area domination operation in Chintalnar police station area.
While security forces were cordoning off a patch between Burkapal police camp and Chintalnar, jawans inadvertently stepped over a pressure IED, concealed beneath the earth, triggering the blast that left Sub Inspector BS Bist and head constable Sudhakar injured.
Soon after the incident, reinforcement was rushed to the spot to retrieve the injured personnel, a CRPF officer said.
"Sub Inspector Bist succumbed to injuries while being evacuated," the official said, adding that the injured Sudhakar was airlifted to Jagdalpur for treatment and his condition was said to be out of danger.
Yesterday, two jawans of the same CRPF battalion were injured in a pressure bomb blast in Chintalnar area.