Two BSF personnel were killed in an IED blast in the Pakhanjur subdivision of Kanker district of Chhattisgarh on Monday evening. Senior police officials said that a team was on an area domination exercise when the IED explosed seven kilometers south of the Marbeda camp.
P Sundar Raj, DIG Anti Naxal Operations told the Indian Express that the blast took place at around 5 pm in the Chhotebetiya police station limits. “The name of the martyred BSF constables are constable Santosh Laxman and constable Vijay Nand Nayak, both of the 121 battalions of the BSF. Both belong to Karnataka. The teams were on area domination patrolling duty,” he said.
KL Dhruv, Superintendent of Police, Kanker district said, “The jawans had left from the Marbeda camp for a searching operation. When the jawans were near Talpedi, Maoists triggered an IED blast in which two jawans were injured. They succumbed to their injuries by the time they were brought back to the camp. The bodies will be brought to the distrct headquarters by the night and then sent to their home districts tomorrow morning.”
Dhruv said that they had received information of movement on the Chhattisgath Maharashtra border. “On the border area, there is movement generally of the Maoist Kasansur Local Operating Squad. So based on movement we had sent a team on area domination, but the Maoists targeted the jawans when they were on their motorcycles,” he said.
Chief Minister Raman Singh’s office issued a statement condemning the attack, calling it cowardly, and expressing his condolences to the families of the slain personnel.