Published On: Mon, Nov 12th, 2018

Maoists trigger IED in Chhattisgarh’sKanker, BSF trooper martyred

Raipur: BSF Assistant Sub-Inspector Mahinder Singh martyred on Sunday in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district when Maoists exploded hidden explosives when the troopers were on foot patrol, authorities said.

The injured ASI was flown to hospital in Raipur where doctors declared him dead

The attack came a day ahead of the first phase of Assembly polls in the state and occurred in an area which will see polling for the state Assembly on Monday. It was the fourth Maoist attack in 16 days in Chhattisgarh.

The slain trooper, a resident of Rajasthan, was part of a Border Security Force (BSF) team which ran into the concealed Improvised Explosive Devises (IED) near the Koyali Beda forested area.

Kanket Superintendent of Police KL Dhruva said that over six IEDs exploded in one go when the BSF men reached the area, critically injuring ASI Mahinder Singh.

The injured ASI was flown to hospital in Raipur where doctors declared him dead.

The official said the BSF team left its base camp at Udanpur on Saturday morning in search of Maoists who have asked people to boycott Monday’s election.

In another incident early on Sunday, a Maoist was killed in an encounter with security forces in Bijapur district’s Bedre forest area, said police. The dead Maoist was in combat fatigue, said an official.

A team of Special Task Force (STF) was on an anti-Maoist operation when the encounter took place with the hidinf terrorists, said the official adding that a rifle and large quantity of ammunition was recovered from the encounter site.

Police said the Maoist attacks were part of an attempt to disrupt elections to the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly. Voting will take place on November 12 and 20 and the results will be declared on December 11.

Over 500 additional companies of security forces, including paramilitary, have been deployed in Chhattisgarh to boost security during elections.

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