From the injured, 3 are reportedly in critical condition.
"There have been 23 major naxalite attacks after demonetisation in which 97 security personnel were martyred and 121 civilians killed".
In another encounter, one Naxal was gunned down by CRPF personnel in Bijapur district on Tuesday, he added.
"Seeing the response of 208 CoBRA, the Maoists initially fled away".
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Recently, at least 12 Maoists were killed in an "encounter" in Chattisgarh by a joint team of Greyhounds and special police personnel.
The incident has happened around a year after a dozen jawans were killed in a similar ambush in the district.
The party also said cross-border infiltrations, ceasefire violations, terror attacks on security installations and Naxal attacks in States had increased under the BJP. According to reports, around 10 jawans were also injured in the explosion, but there was no official confirmation yet, he said.
The paramilitary force, along with contingents of the state police, has set up three bases in the dense and remote jungles of the 4,000 sq km region which essentially means "abujh" (unknown) and "madh" (hill).
"The troops who came under attack were traveling in the MPV and going towards a newly-opened post in Palodi".
To make their presence felt in the area, the first camp, identified as "P", has been established in close vicinity of the Indravati river. He said that the Maoists had targeted security personnel because they are angry over the developmental work being carried out in the area.