RAIPUR(ANI): As many as seven Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans of the 230 battalion…
Seven Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed in an explosion triggered by Maoists in Dantewada district of south Chhattisgarh on Wednesday.
“A vehicle of the CRPF’s 230th battalion was blown up by the Maoists near Malewara market on Dantewada-Sukma road at around 3 p.m. today. Seven CRPF jawans were killed in the blast,” Dinesh Pratap Upadhyay, Deputy Inspector General of the CRPF, Dantewada range told The Hindu.
Mr. Upadhyay said it was an IED (Improvised Explosives Device) blast.
Officials said the landmine was planted under a black top road and the troops were travelling in a three-vehicle convoy.
The vehicle and the troops were blown to pieces and a four-feet crater was created at the place were the blast took place, they said.
According to some reports, the Maoists managed to take away the weapons of the CRPF men after the blast.
A rescue operation was launched and the injured jawans were taken to a hospital in Kuwakonda.
(with inputs from PTI)