Five CRPF men injured in IED blast in Chhattisgarh

Two officers of Deputy Commandant rank -- S Niwas and Prabhat Tripathi -- and three other men were injured in the blast.

Raipur: Five CRPF men, including two officers, were on Friday injured in an IED blast in Chhattisgarh's Naxal violence affected Sukma district.

The incident occurred in the jungles of Banda-Konta when a patrol party of 217th battalion had set out to provide security for an under construction road between Murliguda and Banda,?Sukma?Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI.

Two officers of Deputy Commandant rank -- S Niwas and Prabhat Tripathi -- and three other men were injured in the blast suspected to be from an improvised explosive device hidden beneath the dirt track by the Naxals, officials said.

Additional forces have been sent and the injured have been evacuated to Bhadrachalam and subsequently will be air lifted for the state capital here for medical care, they said.

The team ventured out from the Murliguda paramilitary camp for patrolling at around 9 AM.

When they reached just about 500 meters away from the camp, the personnel inadvertently stepped over a pressure IED connection triggering the blast, the ASP said.

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