Two ITBP jawans were injured in an IED blast in the Maoist-hit Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh on the eve of the first phase of Assembly elections, police said.

“The incident occurred this afternoon near Baldongri village under Aundhi police station, located around 125 km from Rajnandgaon district headquarters, when a polling party was heading towards its destination,” Rajnandgaon SP Sanjeev Shukla said.

The polling party was on its way to Baldongri booth when the low-intensity IED blast was set off near a rivulet, leaving two ITBP (Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force) personnel injured, he told PTI.

“The jawans were provided primary treatment at a local health centre and are being brought to the Rajnangdaon headquarters,” he said, adding the polling staff reached their destination safely.

Eighteen constituencies of Maoist-affected Bastar and Rajnandgaon districts are going to polls on Monday.

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