Bhubaneswar, Dec 27 (IANS) A member of the special operation group (SOG) was hurt when a landmine planted by Maoists exploded Thursday in a forest in Odisha's Rayagada district, police said.
The landmine exploded as a group of the elite anti-Maoist force was walking in the forest in Kalyansinghpur area as part of routine combing operations, district Superintendent of Police Rajesh Pandit told IANS.
"It was a low intensity blast. One SOG jawan sustained minor injuries," he said.
Maoists are active in more than half the state's 30 districts. Rayagada district, about 400 km from here, is considered one of their strongholds.