Six CRPF troopers killed in Chhattisgarh landmine blast (Lead)August 29th, 2008 - 3:20 pm ICT by IANS
Raipur, Aug 29 (IANS) Six personnel of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed Friday in a landmine blast in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist stronghold of Bastar.According to police, the incident took place in Narayanpur district’s Chheribera area, about 350 km from here, when the jeep in which the troopers were travelling was blown up by a landmine explosion triggered by Maoist guerrillas.
“Four constables besides an inspector and a driver were killed instantly when a jeep ran over the landmine in forested Narayanpur,” Girdhari Nayak, who heads anti-Maoist operations in the state, told IANS.
The team was on its way to an area in the interiors for the opening of a road and Maoist guerrillas were waiting for them at a turning point, he said. They triggered the blast as they saw the vehicle approaching.
Local officials said the insurgents escaped with the guns belonging to the troopers.
Narayanpur is one of the five districts in the state’s vast southern forested Bastar region, known as a Maoist hotbed since 1980. About 20,000 state and central government forces have been deployed in the region.