1 Soldier Killed In Action, 9 Injured In Maoist Attack In Chhattisgarh

The attack took place at 8.30pm on Saturday at Chintalnar forest area and the injured personnel were evacuated by a helicopter.

Assistant Commandant Nitin Bhalerao died due to the injuries at 3.30 this morning.

New Delhi:

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer was killed and nine others were injured after an IED blast in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district triggered by Maoists, officials said today.

The attack took place at around 8.30pm on Saturday at Arabraj metta hills near Chintalnar forest, over 450 km from state capital Raipur, and the injured personnel were evacuated by a helicopter. All officials belonged to the 206th Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA).

A CRPF official had said on Saturday that one of the personnel had suffered critical injuries who died this morning.

Assistant Commandant Nitin Bhalerao, 33. died due to the injuries at 3.30 this morning. He was a resident of Nashik in Maharashtra. He had joined the CRPF in 2010 and had come to CoBRA in 2019.

His body will be taken to him hometown and his last rites will be performed with full state honours, Nashik Collector Suraj Mandhare said.

The Improvised Explosive Device (IED) went off when the CRPF team along with local police was out on a special operation, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told NDTV.

Second-in-command rank officer Dinesh Singh was among the injured and all the wounded personnel were admitted to a local hospital. They were shifted to a hospital in state capital Raipur later for better treatment.

All injured officials are stable now and out of danger.

The CoBRA was raised by the CRPF in 2009 as a special guerrilla combat wing for undertaking anti-Maoist operations as well as combating insurgents in the northeast.