Eleven killed in Chhattisgarh landmine blast (Lead)May 6th, 2009 - 7:36 pm ICT by IANS
Raipur, May 6 (IANS) As many as 11 people were killed and two others injured Wednesday in a powerful landmine blast planted by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s restive southern Bastar region, police said.
The incident took place in Dantewada district’s forested Injeram area, about 500 km south of capital Raipur. The victims include five special police officers (SPO), two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers and four tribal civilians.
“The policemen were travelling in a tractor trolley when the insurgents blew it up with a landmine at village Sirguda. As many as 10 people were killed on the spot while another SPO succumbed to injuries later,” Pawan Deo, deputy inspector general (Maoist operation) told IANS.
Deo said that two SPOs who sustained multiple injuries in the attack were rushed to Dantewada for urgent medical attention.
Officials in Dantewada district say that the tractor trolley was coming back after supplying ration to a local relief camp when the CRPF troopers and the SPOs boarded it though there was a clear instruction to policemen of this forested area to move on foot to avoid ambush by rebels.
The killing of policemen and civilians came on a day after the Maoists shot dead a senior leader of state’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state.
About 1,500 persons have been killed in Maoist violence in the state since it came into existence in November 2000. Most of the violence has been in interiors of Bastar region spread out in about 40,000 sq km area where outlawed leftist insurgents outfit, Communist of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) runs a parallel government since late 1980s.