Maoists ambush BSF convoy, 4 jawans killed

Koraput: At least four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and two injured when Naxals blew up their vehicle in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast near Ralegoda near Patangi in Koraput district on Tuesday.
 
 The deceased have been identified as BSF ASI Jaswant Singh, head constables Surendra Kumar Singh, Birendra Kumar and constable Gurudayal.
 
The incident occurred first time on the NH-26 when a convoy of three BSF vehicles, carrying about 18 security personnel was proceeding from Patangi to Sunki in the district was ambushed, sources said. The jawans were about to go Andhra Pradesh from Balimela. They spent last night at a BSF transit camp in Koraput and started journey this morning, sources added.
 
The IED, embedded in the road, exploded after the first two vehicles in the convoy crossed the area, leaving six jawans injured. Four of them succumbed to the injuries and two others were rushed to a local hospital at Sunki.
 
The injured troopers have been shifted to Vishakhapatnam for better medical treatment.
 
On the other hand, soon after the incident, an exchange of fire was reported between the security personnel and ultras from the area, BSF sources said.
 
Confirming the gun battle, ADG (Intelligence) Abhay said, “The exchange of fire continued for over two hours and the jawans successfully retaliated the Maoists,” adding that there was no loss to arms and ammunitions.
 
“By the time the reinforcement reached the spot, the exchange of fire was continuing and, the BSF jawans, Odisha police and CoBRA personnel showed exceptional courage and bravery  to chase the extremists,” stated the official.
 
“Since senior officers of BSF, CRPF and IG (Operations) are present on the spot, we are planning to launch a combing operation to nab the Maoists,” he said.