A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan was injured in an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) blast carried out by Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police stated. At the time of the incident, the injured jawan was on election duty.
The incident happened in the dense forests of Tondamarka, a location renowned for the presence of Maoists. According to PTI, a senior police officer, a joint team of CRPF and Commando Battalions for Resolute Action (CoBRA) 206th battalion was undertaking an area domination operation from Tondamarka camp towards Elmagunda village to provide security during the polls.
According to the report, Inspector Shrikant, a member of the CoBRA 206th battalion, accidentally triggered an IED set by Maoists, resulting in an explosion that injured him.
The region falls under the Konta assembly segment, which is one of the 20 constituencies conducting voting on Tuesday in the first round of the two-phase elections for the assembly, which consists of 90 members. Several of these constituencies fall in the Maoist-affected Bastar division.
For the first phase, 5,304 election booths have been set up, with 25,249 polling personnel deployed.