Friday, April 24, 2009

Naxal Attack In Bihar 4 Policmen Killed

Posted by Ash gee on Friday, April 24, 2009, 12:01
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New Delhi: Suspected Maoist rebels killed five people, including four policemen, returning from election duty in Bihar, police said on Friday.

The policemen and one election official had been guarding polling stations in the state when a landmine ripped through their jeep late Thursday night near the town of Muzaffarpur, 70km (43 miles) from Patna.

Bihar, a hotbed of Maoist activity, was one of several places where voting for the second phase took place on Thursday.

“Police have launched a combing operation in the area against the Maoists,” said additional director general of police Neelmani.

Maoist attacks on polling stations during the first phase of voting last week claimed at least 19 lives, including 10 paramilitary troopers and five election workers.

Polling in Bihar, which sends 40 members to the Parliament, has been staggered over four phases to ensure adequate deployment of security personnel.

Maoists say they are fighting for the rights of neglected tribal people and landless farmers

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