Head constables Hardwar Shah, Kiran Surin, Devendra Kumar and their colleagues from the 11th battalion of Jharkhand Jaguar were on an area domination exercise in the forests of west Singhbum district when one of them stepped on a pressure bomb, killing all three and injuring at least three others.
As per CRPF officials, the group was assigned to dominate the area around village Hoyahatu in the Toklo area for 24 hours. At around 8:45am the blast occurred when a personnel, “accidentally stepped on a pressure bomb.”
“This cannot be called a violation of the standard operating procedure. They were on foot, walking in three or four columns about 10-15 feet away from the road which is being constructed in the area,” a CRPF officer told news18.com.
CRPF’s 197 battalion was also part of the joint area domination exercise. One of its personnel received splinter injuries while Jharkhand Jaguar head constable Devendra Pandita and Nikku Oraon suffered grievous injuries. All victims of the blast hail from the naxal infested areas of Jharkhand.