Three security personnel injured in Chhattisgarh's Sukma after Maoists detonate IED days ahead of second phase of election
According to Sukma Superintendent of Police, reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured jawans were taken to a local hospital.
Raipur: Three jawans of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) of police were injured, one of them seriously, in a blast carried out by Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district Sunday, an official said.
"The incident took place between Bhejji and Elarmadgu villages when a team of security personnel was conducting a search operation," Sukma Superintendent of Police (SP) Abhishek Meena told PTI.
"As the team was cordoning off the forest between Bhejji and Elarmadgu, around 500 km from Raipur, the rebels detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED)," he said.
"One jawan was seriously injured in the explosion, while two others sustained minor injuries," Meena added.
Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured jawans were taken to a local hospital, he said, adding that a search operation was underway to track down Maoists in the region.
Polling for the Assembly election took place in Sukma and seven other Maoist-affected districts on 12 November. The second and final phase of the Chhattisgarh polls is scheduled to be held on 20 November and the results will be announced on 11 December.
The C-60 police commando team recovered bodies of 26 Naxals after the encounter and Teltumbde, one of the wanted accused in the Elgar Parishad-Maoist links case, was suspected to be among the dead
Apart from a large number of Maoists killed, their geographical influence has, according to the Ministry of Home affairs, shrunk to 41 districts in the country from 96 districts in 10 states in 2010.
The banned outfit has called for a nationwide bandh on Saturday to protest against the arrest of its top leader Prashant Bose alias Kishan Da