2 BSF Jawans Killed In IED Blast By Naxals In Chhattisgarh

| July 10 , 2018 , 09:14 IST

A total of 2 personnel of the Border Security Forces (BSF) were killed on Monday in a powerful Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast by Naxals at the Chote Bethiya forested route in Chhatisgarh's Kanker district, around 200 km south of Raipur.

According to reports, 8 different teams of the BSF were conducting anti-Maoist operations when Naxals used the IED to attack the motorcycle patrol team. Both of the constables sustained severe injuries and soon succumbed.  

The deceased jawans have been identified as Santosh Laxman and Nityanand Nayak, both hailing from Karnataka and a part of the 121st battalion of BSF based at Bande in Kanker district.

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Soon after receiving news of the blast, reinforcements were rushed to the spot, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Anti-Naxal Operation) Sundarraj P said to PTI.

A search operation has also been launched to trace the Naxals involved in the attack, Sundarraj added.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh expressed condolences over the death of the 2 BSF troopers, and termed the Naxal attack as "cowardly".

Kanker is one of the worst affected districts in the conflict zone of Bastar and has been considered as an epicentre of left-wing extremists in south Chhattisgarh.

Earlier in July, 10 Naxals, including 3 women, surrendered in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Narayanpur district. From the surrendering Naxals, 4 were carrying cash rewards on their head.

All of those surrendering told police that they were frustrated with exploitation, atrocities and violence at the hands of senior Naxal leaders and wanted to see development reach the area, District Superintendent of Police Jitendra Shukla had said.