In yet another audacious attack on the security forces , a land mine planted by Maoists claimed the lives of seven security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district . The blast was so powerful that it ripped through the vehicle they were travelling in.
According to officials, of the seven – three of the state police and four of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) – five of them died on the spot and two succumbed to their injuries in hospital. While four hailed from the state, two were from Uttar Pradesh and one from Bihar.
Additional Superintendent of Police, Naxals (Maoists) J.N. Baghel said that injured trooper Arjun Rajbhar was referred to Raipur and airlifted to the state capital and admitted to a private hospital, but died.
He identified the three state police personnel as Ramkumar Yadav and Shaligram Sinha of Kanker, Tikeshwar Dhruv of Dhamtari, while the CAF troopers were Vikram Yadav of the state’s Kodegaon, Rajesh Singh of Bihar’s Begusarai, Ravinath Patel of Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi and Rajbhar of Ghazipur.
Earlier Deputy Inspector General of Police, Dantewada Range, P. Sundarraj had told IANS that six personnel were killed while one was seriously injured.