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Three killed in landmine blast in Odisha; Maoist link suspected

The victims got down from a tractor seeing a suspicious rag on a tree when the landmine went off, killing them on the spot

Statesman News Service | Nawarangpur |

Two labourers and a driver were killed in a landmine blast near Mundibedha village under Raighar police limits in Odisha on Monday.

The victims were returning from work late last evening in a tractor when they saw a suspicious rag tied to a branch of a tree by the roadside. They got down from the tractor to check the rag when the landmine exploded killing all three on the spot.

The deceased were identified as Bharat Gond and Dasarath Jani of
Marangpalli village, while the tractor driver Lokiram Gond belonged to Lalmati
village under Raighar.

Police reached the spot to investigate.

Villagers, including members of the bereaved families, blocked the Kundei-Raighar-Umerkote road, demanding adequate compensation to the bereaved. Traffic movement was disrupted for more than two hours and
they withdrew the agitation after police reached the spot and assured
the agitators of an early action into the matter.

It is suspected that Maoists had laid the landmine to target security forces.