Narayanpur: At least five district reserve guard (DRG) personnel were killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast as Maoists blow up a bus, in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district on Tuesday, which was barely 3 km from a police camp.
As per senior police officials, more than 20 people were in the bus which was part of an anti-naxal operation in the Abujhmad forests. The appalling incident took place at around 4.15 pm, on the Kanhargaon-Kadenar road, hardly 3 km from the Kadenar camp.
The bus was crossing a bridge over a culvert, under which the Maoists had planted a powerful IED. After the blast, which caused a cavity on the ground, the bus fell off the bridge into the dry bed of culvert.
“DRG teams from Dantewada and Naraynpur had gone on a 2-day operation. The DRG force from Naraynpur of around 90 men returned to the Kademeta camp on March 23. After that, the DRG team based at the district headquarters left for Narayanpur in the bus, which was targeted,” a senior official revealed.
“Fourteen men have suffered injuries including three who have been critically injured. They have been airlifted and are being taken to Raipur for further treatment,” Bastar IG P Sundarraj said.
As per police reports, the deceased have been identified as head constables Pawan Mandavi, Jaylal Uike, constable Sevak Salam, constable Karan Dehari, who was driving the bus, and assistant constable Vijay Patel. While Patel was a resident of Narayanpur, Salam was from Kanker, Mandavi from Bahigaon, Dehari from Antagarh and Uike from Kasawahi villages.
Condoling the death of martyred japans Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel directed the state police officials to get all facilities for the injured security personnel.
To note, this is, so far, the first big attack by the Maoists in the state this year, although IEDs have been planted in several areas of Bastar.
Last year, on March 21, 17 DRG personnel were killed in an encounter in Sukma while the troop was returning from an anti-naxal operation.