Bhubaneswar, February 2: On Wednesday evening seven jawans got killed while six of them were severely injured in a landmine blast in Odisha’s Koraput district. Police suspect that this landmine blasts might have been carried out by Maoists.Thirteen Jawans were travelling in their bus vehicle that was blown up in pieces when the blast triggered in the evening near Mungarbhumi on the Sunki Ghat under Pottangi police. The intensity of the blast was so high that the ill-fated Tata 709 minibus vehicle was flung at least 70 ft down the ghat road.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik condemned the attack and condoled over the deaths of the jawans. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik described the incident as “an act of cowardice” and expressed his condolence to the deceased families. “Strongly condemn the cowardly act & condole martyrdom of police personnel in the landmine blast. My deep sympathies with bereaved families,” tweeted Patnaik.
Those injured jawans have been shifted to the hospital in Vishakhapatnam. The entire area of blast has been sealed while vehicles remained stranded on both sides of the national highway. Magnitude of the blast was so severe that the portion of the National Highway was ripped apart, so much that vehicular movements came to stand still for over five hours in the evening on the Koraput - Andhra Pradesh route. The explosives were planted under a small bridge on the NH.
Koraput Superintendent of Police Charan Singh Meena said that “Seven personnel of the district police have been killed while five injured in the landmine blast. They were going for training as assistant drivers.”
DGP K B Singh said that "Total 13 constables were inside the van. They were on their way to Bhubaneswar to undergo a training session. We strongly suspect role of Maoists behind the attack.”