CAF trooper killed as Maoists trigger pressure bomb blast
JAGDALPUR: A Chhattisgarh Armed Force trooper was killed and another severely injured on Friday in a pressure bomb blast triggered by Maoists in the insurgency-hit Sukma district.
The blast occurred when a joint Road Opening Party (ROP) of CAF and district force was on an operation for sanitising the area near Dharmapenta village under Christaram police station limits where bridge construction work was underway. The bridge construction work was being carried out under tight security arrangement, Sukma Superintendent of Police D Shravan Kumar said.
“During operation, two CAF personnel, Suleman Khakha and Suman Tirki came in contact with the pressure bomb resulting in its explosion, injuring both of them. After triggering the blast the outlaws opened indiscriminate fire on the ROP following which they retaliated,” he said.
After the gunfight that lasted for around an hour the ultras fled into the dense forest taking advantage of darkness, he added.
Reinforcement was rushed to the spot soon after news of the incident was received. While the injured trooper Tirki succumbed in the way to hospital trooper Khakha was airlifted and referred to Raipur for treatment, SP Kumar said.