At an iron ore mining site in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district, a pressure-charged improvised explosive device (IED) installed by Naxalites went off on Friday, killing two workers and injuring another, according to police.
According to a senior police officer, the event happened around 7:30 in the morning as the three workers were on their way to work at the Aamdai Ghati iron ore mine, which is situated 350 miles from Raipur, the state capital, on a hill under the jurisdiction of Chhote Dongar police station.
The iron ore mine in Aamdai Ghati has been given to Jayaswal Neco Industries Limited (JNIL), however the Naxalites have long opposed the project. According to the official, the explosion was likely caused by the workers coming into touch with the pressure IED connection.
He said that the dead were identified as inhabitants of the Narayanpur district, Ritesh Gagda (age 21) and Shravan Gagda (age 24).
He stated that the wounded worker, Umesh Rana, was taken to a nearby hospital after his corpse was discovered at the bomb site. Shravan had been reported missing after the explosion.
Security forces are conducting a search operation in the vicinity, the official said.