A CRPF jawan was killed in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast triggered by Naxals in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh this morning, officials said.
The blast took place at around 6 am near a camp of 195th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Pushpal in Bastar when one of its patrolling teams was returning after an anti-Naxal operation, a senior police officer told PTI.
The force had launched the operation on Tuesday night in the forests along the border of Bastar and Dantewada districts, he said.
A constable-rank jawan, Raushan Kumar (23), a native of Bihar's Nalanda district, was killed in the blast. It was triggered as he accidentally stepped on the IED when the team was passing through a road construction site near Bodli village, the officer said.
The constable's body was taken to the Pushpal camp from where it will be taken to his battalion headquarters in Dantewada's Barsoor, he said.
A search operation is underway in the area where the blast took place, he said.