In a severe set-back to anti-naxals operations in the poll-bound Chhattisghar state, five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) soldiers were killed and one injured in an explosion after Naxals blew up a mine-protected (MPV) vehicle in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district.
The blast occurred today around 4 pm, near Murdana camp of the CRPF under Awapalli police station when its 168th battalion was out on “area domination” operation. This occured hours after Chief Minister Raman Singh launched party’s campaign in Sukma and Bastar, which are alo Maoist infilterated areas.
According to Bijapur Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg a kilometre away from the camp, when the MPV was carrying six personnel, ultras triggered a powerful landmine blast.Worryingly IED (Improvised Explosive Device) was planted less than a kilometre from the camp, he added. The officials said that the MPV was a Tata 407 converted into a bulletproof vehicle.