60 BSF jawans escape unhurt in landmine blast

Malkangiri: As many as 60 Border Security Force (BSF) jawans escaped unhurt in a landmine blast suspected to have been planted by Maoists that occurred today about 20 metres away from them near Gamphakonda under Kalimela police limits.

According to sources, the jawans were returning to camp from combing operation when the blast took place.  The blast also followed an exchange of fire between the jawans and the Maoists.

Sources said the Maoists failed to achieve their target to stall the operation of the jawans who were camping in the area for the ongoing combing operation. 
The incident follows the death of Maoist leader Teli Kadraka who was gunned down during a fierce encounter with security forces in a forest in Koraput district on August 19. Teli was killed in the gunbattle with jawans of Special Operation Group (SOG) and police in Badamatura forest of Bandhugaon area.