Chhattisgarh: 2 members of the CRPF injured in the explosion of an IED in Naxal hits Bijapur

Two members of the Central Police Reserve Force were injured Thursday after an improvised explosive device planted by Naxals exploded in Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh, a senior police official said.

The incident took place around 10:45 a.m. in a forest between Murkinar and Chinnekadepal security forces camps under the confines of the Modakpal police station, located more than 400 km from the state capital Raipur, when a team from the CRPF’s 170th Battalion was on a road safety operation, said Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) Sundarraj P.

As the patrol team cordoned off the area, two agents, Sannidul Islam and K Balkrishna, from the same unit, inadvertently came into contact with a pressurized IED, triggering the explosion, he said.

Both staff members suffered leg injuries, the official said, adding that they had been transferred to a local hospital where their condition would be safe.

A search operation was underway in the area, he said.