Friday, May 15, 2009

Maoists attack chopper, 1 dead

Express news service
Posted: Saturday , May 16, 2009 at 2251 hrs IST Related ArticlesMost Read Articles

Maoists on Friday opened fire at a four-seater helicopter in Kistaram, a village in Dantewada district, killing one police constable and injuring another. The village is located in Naxal-affected South Bastar region of the state.

The helicopter was hired by the state Government from a private company to ferry ration for security personnel posted at Kistaram police station and to bring back sick policemen, a police spokesperson said here.

As the chopper landed at Kistaram — one of the remotest areas in South Bastar — a group of Naxalites opened fire at the helicopter and at the ground forces, who were guarding the helipad. Constable Laxmi Narayan Dhurv was killed in the firing. Another constable sustained serious injuries.

As soon as the rebels started firing, the alert helicopter pilot took off, but two bullets hit the chopper. However, it landed safely at Jagdalpur, the divisional headquarters of Bastar.

Food supply to the security personnel posted at Kistaram and other remote locations in South Bastar are dispatched by helicopters at frequent intervals, as landmine attacks make the movement of security personnel by road unsafe. Helicopters are also used to ferry security personnel to police stations and outposts located in inaccessible areas of the region.

This is the second time that Maoists have targeted a helicopter in Bastar, which is facing the problem of Naxalism for the past 30 years.

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