Nagpur, Apr 19: Barely after four days of a peace yatra taken out to discourage tribals against naxal activities, a group of naxalites executed a landmine blast in Fustola village of Gadchiroli district killing a police constable on the spot.
Later, 12 policemen also sustained injuries, including four of them seriously, in exchange of fire with the naxalites, Gadchiroli SP Sirish Jain told UNI over phone.
He said at around 2100 hrs yesterday they sent an anti-landmine team to - Fulbodi Gatta area of the district after they were informed by the Gadchiroli headquarters of an exchange of fire between the naxals and policemen.
While the anti-landmine vehicle carrying 17 police personnel was on way, a landmine blast occurred at Fustola village at around midnight. Following the impact of the blast, the vehicle turned turtle in which constable Devendra Rasekar died on the spot, Mr Jain said.
The naxalites, who were hiding in a nearby forest, then started firing at the anti-landmine vehicle, but escaped in the thick forest when the policemen retaliated to their move.
In the firing, 12 policemen were injured. The four seriously injured were rushed to the Government Medical college hospital in Nagpur where their condition was stated to be critical. The others have been admitted to General Hospital at Gadchiroli, Mr Jain added.
Incidentally, prominent citizens of the district, social workers and mediapersons had taken out a 24-day 'Lok peace yatra' in Gadchiroli recently, which concluded on April 14, to educate the tribals against activities of naxalites.