Six security forces jawans have been martyred in a bomb blast in Chattisgarh’s Naxal-infested Dantewara district, PTI reportsed today. The bomb was reportedly planted by Maoists active in the area. Two Jawans were critically injured in the attack. As per officials, the Jawans were traveling in a police vehicle when the attack took place.
Speaking on the attack, Sunder Raj P, DIG Anti-Naxal Operation on Dantewada attack, told ANI, “6 jawans dead, 1 injured according to preliminary investigation. Search operation is being held by security forces. Blast could be of high intensity, but the exact details will come after the investigation.”
DIG (Dantewada Range) Ratan Lal Dangi said that the blast was triggered between Cholnar and Kirandul villages when a joint team of the Chhattisagarh Armed Force and the District Force, in an SUV, was escorting a vehicle carrying material for road construction work. “Three personnel belonging to the CAF and two of the District Force were killed in the IED blast while two others sustained injuries,” the official was quoted as saying by the PTI.
Reacting on the incident, Union Minister Rajnath Singh offered condolences. “Deeply anguished to know about the death of Chhattisgarh police personnel in an IED blast in Dantewada today. My thoughts are with the bereaved families of the martyred police personnel,” Singh tweeted.
In an interaction with media, Singh said, “It is a sad incident where 6 jawans were killed in an IED blast in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada. The naxals targeted the jawans by planting IED rather than fighting them face to face.”
Chattisgarh CM Raman Singh also condemned the attack and vowed strict actions against Naxals. “Naxals are against development and they usually target our soldiers. We will strongly retaliate against such incidents,” Singh said. “We condemn the Naxal attack in Dantewada in which six jawans have been killed. The Naxals try to stop development and target jawans. We will give a befitting reply to them,” he told reporters.