Three BSF personnel and a civilian were killed in a landmine blast triggered by the Naxalites in the jungles of Malkangiri in Odisha. Six others were left injured after the Naxalities ambushed a patrol of the paramilitary force and triggered the landmine blast on Wednesday morning.
According to a senior police official, the patrol party of the 104th Battalion of Border Security Force (BSF) was near its Janbai base in Malkangiri district when Maoists targeted them by launching ambush first by detonating a landmine blast and the opening fire at around 7.30 AM.
“Three personnel, including an Assistant Sub-inspector, Head Constable and Constable have been killed in the ambush while the company commander Assistant Commandant Ashok Kumar is among the six injured,” the senior police officer told the press.
Fresh reinforcements of the Border Security Force have now been rushed in from nearby locations, the officials added.
The explosion took place when the group of BSF personnel from Janbai base camp near the construction site of Gurupriya Bridge reached Chintamdoli ghat after crossing Chitrakonda reservoir by a boat. As they took to the jungle after crossing the reservior, the landmine laid by the Naxalites went off. This was followed by several rounds of fire opened by the ultras already hiding at the strategic points.
The officers said that BSF personnel too responded back with equal alacrity. However, the casualties in the Naxalite’s camp weren’t immediately known.
Six injured BSF jawans were immediately taken to the district headquarters hospital in Malkangiri, Inspector In-Charge of Malkangiri Police Station, R K Das said. The condition of three jawans was stated to be critical.
Senior police and BSF officials, including Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra, visited the hospital and took stock of the situation. As a precautionary measure, additional units of BSF battalions are deployed in the area for conducting Naxal search operations.
(With inputs from the PTI)