Odisha: IED Blast in Koraput, BSF Officer and Jawan killed

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Koraput: Naxalites have carried out an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast attack here in the jungles in which a Border Security Force (BSF) Officer and a Jawan have lost lives on Friday.

The incident took place at around 1 pm when a 20-member BSF personnel were returning from an operational task in Dandabari village on bikes when the team commander along with his Jawan were trapped in the blast.

According to the reports, the bomb was hidden under the dirt track as the both the commander and jawan were unable to configure it and got trapped.

The jawan, constable S P Panda who was driving the bike, was died on the spot while the team commander Deputy Commandant Sunil Kumar Behra succumbed to his injuries and died after few time.

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According to an official, “The two men sustained fatal injuries from shrapnels and heavy explosives used in the IED cleverly hidden and planted under the road by Naxalites. A big crater was created at the spot where the bike was blown off.”

Adding to it, he said, “The bike was tossed high in the air due to the impact of the IED blast and the rest nine motorcycle-borne teams immediately took positions suspecting a gunfire from hiding Naxalites.”

“However, the Naxalites did not rain heavy gunfire on the patrol party and they escaped into the jungles after firing few shots,” the officials said adding that “The BSF team was returning to its base in Ramagiri from Dandabari village after verifying reports of killing of a civilian by suspected Maoist cadres.”

The Behera-led team was from 143rd battalion of the BSF deployed in the district for for undertaking anti-Naxalite operations.

Speaking about their reasons behind using bikes in stead of four-wheelers, the officials said, “In order to escape getting trapped into IED and hidden explosive booby-traps in jungle tracks of Left Wing Extremism (LWE) areas, the troops very rarely use four-wheelers and rely on motorcycles for movement.”