Friday, April 24, 2009

Combing operation launched after landmine blast in Bihar

Patna, Fri, 24 Apr 2009 NI Wire

The Bihar Police and paramilitary forces have launched a massive combing operation after five policemen were killed in a landmine explosion triggered by Naxalites in Muzaffarpur district on Thursday night.

The security personnel deployed in the district for the election purpose were returning from their duty when the blast occurred near Mohammadpur village under Deoria police station.

All five died on the spot including a sub inspector, a district armed police (DAP) constable and two home guards.

“When the security personnel were returning from duty an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast took place near a bridge. The blast killed everybody except the driver who got seriously injured,” said Sudhanshu Kumar, Superintendent of Police, Muzaffarpur.

Combing operation is underway by the state police along with the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in Muzaffarpur to nab Maoists involved in the incident, said Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Neelmani.

Barring the incident, polling in Bihar in the second phase was conducted peacefully on Thursday though the overall vote turnout was recorded a moderate 44 percent in 13 of the state's 40 Lok Sabha constituencies.

In the past few weeks, Maoists have attacked many places and security personnel across four states (Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Orissa), termed as the ‘Red Belt’ due to the presence of ultra Maoist-Leninists.


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