Bhubaneswar, Aug 28
A Guard of Honour was presented at Visakhapatnam today to pay respect to the four Border Security Force (BSF) jawans, who were slain in an ambush by Maoists in Koraput district on Tuesday.BSF DG Subash Joshi, BSF DIG H S Patel, Odisha Intelligence ADG Abhay and IG (Operations) Soumendra Priyadarshi were present at this formal function.
The bodies which were flown in a special plane to Mumbai will be taken later to their respective villages.
The four jawans, ASI Jaswant Singh of Punjab, driver Surendra Singh of Himachal Pradesh and havildars, Virendra Prasad and Gurudayal Singh, both from Uttar Pradesh were killed when a convoy of three BSF vehicles carrying 18 personnel was ambushed while it was crossing the Patangi and Sunki axis in the district.
The mishap occurred when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), embedded beneath a culvert on NH-26 at Korugunda Siriguda, was triggered by Maoists as the third vehicle, in which they were travelling, crossed the spot.
Meanwhile, the condition of three injured jawans, Mahendra Kocher and Sirajulla and Gourab Dudwill is stated to be stable.
While Kocher and Sirajjulla were admitted to a hospital at Visakhapatanam, Gudwil is under treatment at Koraput district headquarters hospital.
Combing operations have been intensified in the region following the attack and five suspects have been detained at the Pottangi police station.