Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 3:

The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) today sought a report over the landmine blast near Mungarbhumi on Sunki ghat in Odisha’s Koraput district which claimed lives of at least 8 policemen.

The human rights body sought the report from Home Department Principal Secretary and Director General of Police (DGP) within two weeks.

The report has been sought on how standard operating procedure (SOP) was followed during the incident, sources said.

On the other hand, a four-member team of Crime Branch’s Left Wing Extremism (LWE) Division led by DSP PK Mishra visited Koraput to initiate probe into the incident. The team is being assisted by three forensic experts.

The team will ascertain the circumstances under which the landmine blasted and the kind of explosive used in the incident.

Notably, eight policemen died and five others were injured in the landmine blast in Sunki ghat on February 1 while 13 assistant drivers and driver havildar were travelling in a police vehicle towards Angul to attend a training programme.