Raipur: Four persons, including a woman, were on Monday injured as a private passenger bus they were travelling in was hit by a landmine blast triggered by the Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district.
Some police personnel were also on board, but they were not harmed.
"Four civilians, including a woman and the bus conductor, sustained minor injuries in the low-intensity blast near Maharbeda village under Jhara police station limits," a senior police official told PTI.
The bus, carrying about sixty passengers, was heading towards Orchha from Narayanpur town.
As the bus reached Rakasnala rivulet between Dhaudai and Jhara, rebels triggered the blast and opened fire. But they retreated into the forest when the police retaliated, he said.
Additional security personnel were rushed to the spot and the injured were shifted to a hospital in Narayanpur, he said, adding that the police personnel safely reached their destination.
A combing operation had been launched in surrounding areas to nab the culprits.
Last year on April 18, a passenger bus had escaped a similar low-intensity landmine blast on the same route, in the same area.
Meanwhile, in another insurgency-related incident, a CRPF jawan was injured in the blast of 'pressure bomb' planted by the Maoists in the neighbouring Bijapur district.
The incident took place near Cheramangi village under Awapalli police station limits?while the CRPF was conducting anti-Naxal operation.
The injured jawan was identified as P Harshad, constable of 168th battalion.