Sunday, May 10, 2009

Maoists surface near Vizag, attack police

Express News ServiceFirst Published : 09 May 2009 03:46:00 AM ISTLast Updated :

VISAKHAPATNAM: After lying low for some time, the banned Maoists today hit back by attacking three police personnel at Chittimpadu village of Gemili Panchayat in G. Madugula mandal in the district today. As a group of Maoists opened fire at three homeguards from a close range, one was injured. The police have launched a combing operation.

According to information reaching here, two homeguards under G. Madugula police limits had gone to Chittimpadu to attend a colleague’s function.

While they alongwith the host were returning, armed Maoists fired at them.

While one homeguard was injured in the firing, other two went into the forest.

Confirming the information, SP Akun Sabharwal told Express that one homeguard had safely reached G.

Madugula police station but the other two are yet to be traced.

Meanwhile, a special police team has rushed to the spot and started the operation to trace the two missing homeguards. They told from the spot that there was no blood stains at the place where the Maoists opened fire. They have also launched a combing operation.

A police official said it was yet to be confirmed whether the two homeguards were kidnapped by the Maoists or they were hiding in the jungle.

Though the police have started a combing operation, further attack on the special police team cannot be ruled out, he added. However, all precautionary measures were being taken for the safety of police personnel.

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