Three constables of the Orissa Police were killed and as many injured when Maoists triggered a landmine blast at Kandhamal district on Thursday morning as they were going to the site of a previous blast.
The blast came on the second day of the two-day bandh called by the rebels to protest the recent police arrests and attacks on Maoists.
The Maoists triggered the blast through a battery when the team with two trained dogs was proceeding in a van on Kotagarh-Srirampur road to the site of the blast that had taken place yesterday in the area,said Inspector General of Police (anti-Naxal intelligence) Sanjeeb Panda.
The explosion took place about 3 km from a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) camp. The vehicle was badly damaged.
The deceased are Sunasir Mohanty,Umakant Jani and Sangram Lenka. The three injured were Noha Panda,Basanta Behera and Padmanav Dehuri.
They have been admitted to a local hospital.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that the families of the deceased would get Rs 8 lakh as ex-gratia,Rs 10 lakh as insurance money,and a government job to a family member. Naveen also stressed on following the standard operating procedure in the Maoist areas while doing combing operation.
On Wednesday,the Maoists had triggered a landmine blast near Srirampur village,about 2.5 km from a CRPF camp.