RAIPUR: Security personnel had a narrow escape today when the Maoists triggered an IED blast in Chhattisgarh's Rajanadgaon district while the police team was returning from an Independence Day function.
No casualty was reported in the blast which took place at around 11 am near Jamdi village, a senior police official said.
A joint team of Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and District Force had organised a flag hoisting programme at Koracha village, located around four km deep in the forest under Kohka police station area (which is around 200 kms away from the state capital), to celebrate Independence Day with the villagers, Rajnandgaon's Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal told PTI.
On way back from the programme, the team was passing through Jamdi village when the rebels detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) near a field, he said.
"No one was harmed in the blast as it occurred at some distance away from the security personnel," the SP said.
Following the incident, a combing operation was launched in the region to trace the attackers during which another IED was recovered from the area, he added.