Odisha CRPF jawan among five martyred in Naxal ambush in Chhattisgarh

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Malkangiri: Five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed and one injured after Naxals blew up a mine-protected-vehicle (MPV) in insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday.

BM Behera (43), a head constable and driver with 168 Battalion of the CRPF from Odisha, was martyred in the landmine blast that took place around 4 pm near Murdanda camp of the CRPF under Awapalli police station.

Others martyred in the blast are Mir Metur Rehman of West Bengal, sipoy CH Pravin (21), constable G Srinu Kumar (26), both from Andhra Pradesh.

Head constable Bahu Rao and constable Paramar Hardik Suresh Kumar were seriously injured in the blast. One of them died during treatment.

According to sources, the blast took place when CRPF’s 168th battalion was out on a combing operation. When the vehicle carrying six personnel was around one km away from the camp, the Maoists triggered a powerful landmine blast. Four personnel died on the spot.

The attack also sent alarm bells in the political circle in Chhattisgarh, as Maoists typically step up violence in the run-up to elections.

The state goes to polls in two phases — on November 12 and November 20 — to elect a 90-member Legislative Assembly. Polling in the violence-hit Bastar’s all 12 assembly seats will be held in the first phase.

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