ITBP official killed, 2 personnel injured in Chhattisgarh blasts

Narayanpur, March 15 (KMS): An official of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was killed and two other personnel were injured in two separate incidents of Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blasts in Chhattisgarh, India.

The incidents took place between Dondribeda and Sonpur villages when a team of the ITBP’s 53rd battalion was out on patrolling duty , Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P said.

When the patrolling team was cordoning off a forest patch, army personnel came in contact with the pressure IED, triggering an explosion, he said.

Assistant Sub-Inspector Rajendra Singh, hailing from Tehri in Uttarakhand, was killed in the blast, while head constable Mahesh received injuries, he said. The injured soldier was shifted to the district hospital, the official said.

In another incident, constable Soyam Bheema of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) was injured after he came in contact with a pressure IED in Chotedonger police limits, the official said. He was part of a road opening party which was patrolling between Amdai camp and Dhanora police station.

The injured constable was airlifted to the state capital Raipur for better medical assistance, the official said, adding that he was out of danger.

Meanwhile, four ‘warkaris’ were killed and 16 others injured after a truck hit their tractor-trolley on Solapur-Pune highway in Maharashtra while they were on their way to Pandhapur temple town, police said.