A jawan of the district voluntary force, Sanjay Majhi, was killed in a landmine explosion during anti-Maoist combing operations near Niyamgiri hills. Mr Rahul P R, the Superintendent of police of Rayagada district said the body of Majhi has been taken to the district hospital from where it would be sent to his village Ambadia for cremation.
The Superintendent of police informed that no other security personnel was injured in the blast. The district voluntary force had received information of left wing extremists camping in the forests near Niyamgiri foothills last night and had launched a combing operation.
The combing operation is on, he added. After a lull in the Niyamgiri hill areas the naxals targeting the security forces has blasted a landmine near Sakata village under Munikhol panchayat under Muniguda police limits of the district.
The incident occurred while a team of District Voluntary Force (DVF) was returning to their base camp following a combing operation in the Niyamgiri hills.
A guard of honor was accorded to the martyr and a funeral procession was held here before the body was sent to his village Ambodola. Southern range DIG S. Shynee, CRPF DIG Harjinder Singh Benz, Collector Guha Poonam Tapas Kumar, Superintendent of police Rahul PR and other district level officials were present at the funeral of Sanjay Majhi.