RAYAGADA: A jawan of District Voluntary Force (DVF) died in a landmine explosion triggered by Maoists near Sakata village under Munikhol panchayat within Muniguda police limits here on Monday evening. The deceased jawan was identified as 22-year-old Sanjay Majhi of Ambadola village. The incident occurred when a team of DVF was returning to their base camp after combing operation in the Niyamgiri hills. Sources said security forces are yet to reach the explosion site due to darkness.
Rayagada SP Rahul PR and other officials are campingat Muniguda police station and taking stock of the situation. During panchayat elections last year, the ultras had triggered a landmine blast near Gartha village in Niyamgiri hills targeting the security forces. However, the security personnel escaped narrowly with minor injuries.