Five policemen killed as Naxals blow up bus in Chhattisgarh

The landmine explosion took place between Kanhargaon and Kadenar villages under Dhaudai police station limits.

Updated - March 24, 2021 08:34 am IST

Published - March 23, 2021 08:30 pm IST - Raipur

In this photo provided by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, security officers patrol the site of a bombing in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on March 23, 2021. Photo: ITBP via AP

In this photo provided by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, security officers patrol the site of a bombing in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on March 23, 2021. Photo: ITBP via AP

Five police personnel were killed and 13 others injured as Naxals blew up the bus in which they were travelling in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district on March 23, senior police officials said.

The landmine explosion took place between Kanhargaon and Kadenar villages under Dhaudai police station limits.

Personnel of the police's District Reserve Guard (DRG) were returning in the bus to Naryanpur town, 300 km away from State capital Raipur, after a counter-insurgency operation, said Inspector-General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P.

"Five DRG personnel, including the driver, were killed in the explosion," he told PTI. Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and bodies and injured personnel were evacuated from the forest. The injured personnel are being airlifted to Raipur in an Indian Air Force chopper for treatment, the IG added.

Earlier, while confirming the incident, State Director-General of Police D.M. Awasthi had said over 20 security personnel were in the bus.

The bus was passing along the under-construction Barsoor-Palli road which is surrounded by dense forest of Abhujmad when the Naxals triggered a landmine blast near a culvert, said a police official.

The impact was such that the bus fell off the culvert.

This was the second major Naxal attack on DRG personnel — the frontline anti-Naxal force of the State police — in the span of one year.

The DRG personnel are recruited from among local youth and surrendered Naxals in Bastar division.

On March 21, 2020, 17 security personnel, including 12 from DRG, were killed in a Naxal ambush in Sukma district of the region.

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