Security officials said that an officer of CRPF’s Jungle Warfare Unit, Cobra, was killed, while nine commandos were injured after an IED blast by Maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.
He said that the improvised explosive device exploded in Chintalnar forest area of the district around 9 pm on Saturday and injured personnel were evacuated by an Air Force Mi-17 V5 helicopter around midnight.
He said 33-year-old assistant commandant Nitin Bhalerao was injured in the blast early Sunday and nine commandos including the team leader were injured.
He said seven commandos were being treated at a hospital in Raipur, while two were being given medical care at a unit hospital in Chintalnar located in the South Bastar area of the state.
Sukma district is located at a distance of about 400 km from here.
The wounded soldiers belong to the 206th Battalion of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA).
He said a joint team of COBRA and local police had set out for a field dominance exercise when the explosion occurred.
Official sources said the team was investigating the area to induct five new battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force and establish their new camps in the area.
A senior force official said that Bhalerao, a resident of Nashik, Maharashtra, was a decorated commando and was voted the best in various combat competitions.
He joined the CRPF in 2010 and came to Cobra in 2019.
Cobra was raised by CRPF in 2009 as a special guerrilla combat wing to carry out anti-Naxal operations and to counter insurgents in the Northeast.