Chhattisgarh: CRPF jawan on election duty injured in IED blast by Naxals 

This IED blast incident happened in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district during the ongoing polling.

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A shocking incident happened in Chhattisgarh after the polling began in the state, as a CRPF jawan on election duty sustained injuries in an Improvise Explosive Device (IED) blast by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.

CRPF jawan injured in IED blast incident in poll-bound Chhattisgarh

Briefing about the incident, senior police officer of Sukma, Kiran Chavan told media that the jawan was from the Cobra battalion and was deployed on election duty.

The jawan has been identified as Shrikant, and he is safe now after receiving first aid.

This incident happened when Cobra 206 and CRPF personnel from Camp Tondamarca were on their way to Elmagunda village on an area domination operation. During patrolling, the jawan stepped on an IED planted by Naxals and ended up sustaining injury in his leg.

Notably, this is the second incident of an IED blast in poll-bound Chhattisgarh in two days.

Previous blast incident

On Monday, a Border Security Force (BSF) constable and two polling team members were wounded in a pressure IED blast in Kanker. The injured constable was identified as Prakash Chand, who sustained injuries to his legs and was rushed to Chhotepethiya for treatment.

Meanwhile, both the polling officers sustained minor injuries in the IED blast.

About Chhattisgarh Assembly elections

The first phase of the Chhattisgarh Assembly elections is currently occurring in 20 constituencies today, including the naxal-hit Bastar division. To ensure smooth polling, a three-layered security cover has been provided for more than 600 polling booths in sensitive regions of the 20 constituencies.

The second phase of polling for the 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly will take place on November 17 while the counting of votes will be held with four other poll-bound states on December 3.