Two Tribals Killed In Landmine Blast In Andhra-Odisha Border

 - Sakshi Post

VISAKHAPATNAM: Two tribals who went searching for their cattle, were killed when they stepped into a landmine which was allegedly planted by Maoists in Vishaka agency area of Andhra-Odisha border on Monday.

According to reports, the deceased tribals were identified as Mohana Rao (30) and Ajay Kumar (20). Mohan Rao is survived by his wife, a son and two daughters while Vijay Kumar was not married. The duo were shepherds and residents of Chintalaveedhi village of Pedabayalu mandal near Visakhapatnam of Andhra Pradesh.

Around 60 families reside in Chintalaveedhi village and the death of the two villagers have triggered fear among them.

Responding to the incident, Superintendent of Police (SP) B Krishna Rao said the landmines were planted to kill the security forces. Police said that more than one landmine might have exploded.

As the duo who went in search of their cattle did not return, the relatives went in search of them and found the dead bodies near Injari Panchayat in Kondru forest area. The bodies were shifted by their family members from the forest area to Chintalaveedhi village.

This is the first time that is reported that tribals have died by stepping on landmines in the region. The Maoists have planted landmines in the area in the past as well. Villagers have urged the government to support the families of those killed in the landmine blast.

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