Bijapur: Four BSF jawans, one DRG and a civilian were injured in an IED blast in Bijapur Ghatti (7 kms from Bijapur) in Chhattisgarh on Wednesday. All injured have been admitted to a hospital in Bijapur. Also Read - Jharkhand: 2 Soldiers Killed, 3 Injured in IED blast in West Singhbhum District

“Exchange of fire is still underway between security forces and Naxals though the situation is under control,” said DIG, Anti-Naxal Operations, P Sundarraj. Also Read - Selfie Gone Wrong! Chhattisgarh Man Trampled to Death by Wild Elephant When He Tried to Take a Picture With It

On Sunday, a BSF personnel was killed when Naxals detonated an IED, while a Maoist was gunned down in an encounter with police in separate incidents in the state. That was just a day ahead of polling in the state. Also Read - COVID-19: Centre, States Discuss Fresh Spurt in Cases; Nationwide Lockdown on Cards Again?

Inspector General of Police (Raipur range) Dipanshu Kabra told PTI that a BSF team was out on an area domination operation in view of the polls when Naxals blew up an IED in a forest in Kanker district, around 200 km from the state capital Raipur.

BSF sub-inspector Mahendra Singh was seriously injured in the blast and he succumbed to injuries while being taken to a hospital, said Kabra, who is the nodal officer for election-related security in the state.