According to police, the landmine was exploded when a group of women had gone into the jungles to fetch fire-wood
Rajat Bansal relished the tribal cuisine, performed on their traditional musical instruments, engaged in local sports, participated in awareness rally and interacted with them.
The development is cited as yet another success achieved under the ongoing 'Lon Varatu' (in Gondi dialect meaning return to home) campaign.
Security forces launched a crackdown on leftwing extremists in Naxal-hit Giridih and Dumka on Monday night, following which the six, including a couple, were apprehended.
A team of district reserve guard was out on a search operation following a tip-off when the rebels targeted them ensuing the encounter, the SP said.
Three arrested Maoists have a bounty of Rs 10 lakh each on their heads.
A cordon and search operation was organised by the Mulugu and Bhupalpally district police in the wake of Maoist movements in agency areas.
Suspected Maoists killed yet another tribal branding him a police informer in Visakhapatnam agency on Wednesday.
Another Maoist, Madakam Haribabu from Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh, was caught by the Cherla police at Pedanallabelli village.
The encounter took place during a search operation in Latehar following a tip-off that some Maoists have been camping in the area.
The submission was made by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Anil Singh, who appeared for the NIA, before a bench of Justices SS Shinde and MS Karnik.
The killing of the tribal is said to be in retaliation to the exchange of fire with the police in which two Maoists were killed in the Andhra Odisha Border (AOB) cut off area on Sunday.
According to the CPRF spokesperson BC Patra, the CoBRA officer Vikas Kumar was hit by splinters when an IED planted by Maoists exploded while it was being defused by the forces.
Huge cache of arms, ammunition and other materials have been seized from the spot during the search operation carried out in the area today morning.
Efforts of tribal villagers to break free from the shackles of Left-wing extremism have intensified in Swabhiman Anchal, once a hotbed of Maoists.