A woman was injured by an IED planted by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, illustrating the hazards that civilians confront in the region.

A woman in her mid-50s was injured on June 18 when an improvised explosive device (IED) put by Naxalites detonated after she walked on it in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, according to police.

The event occurred at 6.30 a.m., as Jogi, a resident of Nadpalli village in the Usoor police station area, was collecting forest fruits, according to a police officer.

She walked on the pressurized IED by accident, creating a blast that seriously injured her legs, he added.

Ms. Jogi was immediately transported to a health center in Usoor, where she received basic care before being transferred to the Bijapur district hospital, he stated.

Maoists frequently lay IEDs along highways, under-construction roads, and dirt pathways in woods to target patrolling security officers in the interior pockets of the Bastar area, which includes seven districts including Bijapur. According to officials, similar traps have claimed the lives of scores of citizens in Bastar.

According to authorities, five people have been murdered in Naxal-planted IED blasts in Bijapur district during the previous two and a half months.

On June 2, a 22-year-old male was hurt in a similar event in the Tarrem neighborhood of the district.