Bhubaneswar: Four BSF personnel including a Commanding Officer were killed and two others injured in an IED blast by suspected Maoists in Malkangiri district of Odisha on Friday.

According to police, the officers were returning after attending a security meeting with the district administration ahead of the Panchayat elections in the state. The BSF jeep was targeted in Janbai area of the district under Chitragonda police station.

The deceased were identified as Commandant (107 battalion) JR Khaswan, his second-in-command Rajesh Sharan, Inspector Ashok Yadav and Assistant Sub-Inspector and radio operator of the squad Jitendra.    The two other injured have been identified as constables Bishnu Panigrahi and S K Kundu.

Soon after the BSF Director General U K Bansal learned about the incident, he rushed to the spot, which is next to the Balimela reservoir, infamous for the deadly Naxal ambush in June 2008 when 38 Greyhound commandos of Andhra Pradesh police were killed when they were crossing the water body in a boat.

(JPN/Bureau)