The IED blast in which 11 police personnel were injured in wee hours on Tuesday at Saraikela was installed earlier by the Naxalites purportedly to affect the election process but was triggered today, said DGP Jharkhand, DK Pandey. All the injured including 3 critically injured have been airlifted and admitted to CRPF Medical Hospital, Ranchi.
“IEDs were installed by Naxals to affect the election process. A joint op by CoBRA, Jharkhand Jaguar and Jharkhand Police is being done to clear the area. Anti-personnel mine was triggered by Naxals today. 11 jawans injured and 3 are critical,” said DK Pandey, DGP Jharkhand.
The IED blast was triggered when personnel of 209 CoBRA battalion CRPF, Jharkhand Jaguar and Jharkhand Police were in a joint operation to clear the area. Among the injured, 8 personnel are of CoBRA while 3 are of Jharkhand Police.
Further, details are awaited.