Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Constable killed in Bastar attack

Express news service
Posted: Mar 24, 2009 at 1109 hrs IST

Raipur: Stepping up violence ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, Maoists on Tuesday triggered a blast and later opened fire at the security personnel engaged in combing operations killing a constable and injuring two others near Vasinghbahar village, about 20 km away from Narayanpur district headquarters, in tribal Bastar region of Chhattisgarh.

The blast took place early this morning when the security personnel, led by Additional Superintendent of Police Sujit Kumar, were combing the area as a village fair was to be held during the day at Sonpur. Immediately after the blast, a group of about 80 Naxalites opened indiscriminate fire at the police party, leading to an encounter between the security forces and the rebels.

Police said constable Ashwin Kumar was killed on the spot while another constable, Ramnath, and a special police officer (SPO) Parsa Ram were seriously injured. Both the injured were admitted to the district hospital at Narayanpur.

Naxalites, who were lying low after the Assembly polls in November 2008, are apparently stepping up violence as the Lok Sabha polls draw closer. Two days ago, the rebels abducted four villagers, including a registered medical practitioner, and later their bodies were found on a hillock near Annaram in Bijapur district. Police said the rebels suspected them to be police informers.

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