At least two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans were killed and another injured in a land mine explosion in Odisha's Maoists-hit Koraput district on Friday.
Deputy Commandant Sunil Kumar Behra, who was initially wounded in the blast, died later, ANI reported.
BSF Director General Devendra Kumar Pathak is reportedly on his way to the explosion site.
FLASH: 1 BSF Jawan dead, 3 jawans injured in Odisha's Koraput district in a Maoist laid mine blast
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 8, 2016
UPDATE: Death toll rises to 2. Deputy Commandant Sunil Kumar Behra succumbs to his injuries. DG BSF rushing to the spot — ANI (@ANI_news) January 8, 2016
The BSF had, in December, arrested two Maoists and destroyed two of their camps in Mangalpur and Pilikabitra forests during a combing operation, according to The New Indian Express.