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Farmer hurt in blast

A 50-year-old farmer suffered severe injuries in a landmine blast triggered by suspected Maoists near Kaliajhola in under Boipariguda police limits on Wednesday.

By Our Correspondent in Koraput
  • Published 3.05.18
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A Maoist poster found at Dandabadi on Wednesday. Telegraph picture 

Koraput: A 50-year-old farmer suffered severe injuries in a landmine blast triggered by suspected Maoists near Kaliajhola in under Boipariguda police limits on Wednesday.

The incident occurs five days after the rebels had damaged a road in the area in a landmine blast.

The injured, Gupta Pradhani, was first rushed to Boipariguda Hospital and was later shifted to a private facility at Jeypore.

The incident took place around 1pm when Gupta was going to attend a marriage ceremony at a nearby village.

"The explosive, wrapped in a bag, was kept on the roadside. It suddenly exploded while Gupta was crossing the road. He received severe injuries. Villagers spotted him and rushed him to Boipariguda Hospital," said Hemant Pradhani, a villager.

Police said the Maoists had planted the explosives targeting security personnel engaged in anti-Maoist operations. However, there was no movement of forces in the area at the time of blast.

Earlier in the day, several Maoist posters were spotted at the locality where the Maoists had raised objection to road construction work by the government and had asked contractors to immediately leave the area or to be ready to face dire consequences.

In the past two weeks, there has been a surge in Maoist activities in the Ramagiri-Dandabadi area in the Boipariguda police station area, which shares a boundary with bordering Chhattisgarh.