Five CRPF men killed in Dantewada landmine blast



Raipur: Five CRPF personnel were killed and three injured on Tuesday when a commander's escort vehicle was blown up in a landmine blast by Naxals in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh.

Commander of CRPF's 2nd battalion Arvind Rai escaped unhurt in the attack which occurred when he was travelling with the jawans from Kerlapal to Sukma in Dantewada district, 280 kms from here, Additional Director General of Police Ramniwas said.

The vehicle which was following Rai's jeep was blown up in the blast, killing the five jawans on the spot.

Additional forces have been rushed to the site and the injured have been admitted to Jagdalpur hospital, he said.

The officer said that the Supreme Court had directed withdrawal of jawans from schools in Naxal-hit areas and Rai had gone to Kerlapal in connection with the setting up of a new barrack.

He was returning from the visit when the Naxals carried out the attack.

Security forces have intensified combing operations in the area, he said.

PTI