Tuesday, June 09, 2009

One killed as Maoists target forces in Bastar again

A constable of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) was killed and seven others, including an Assistant Commandant of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), were seriously injured on Monday in two separate incidents of Naxal attacks in the tribal Bastar region of the state.

Santosh Verma, a CAF personnel, was killed early on Monday morning when Maoists opened indiscriminate fire at security personnel near their camp at Dhanora in Narayanpur. CAF jawan Srikant Pandey also sustained serious injuries, according to police sources.

Maoists ambushed a CRPF party at village Pavnar in Bijapur district at around 10 am, leading to an encounter with security personnel and rebels. CRPF Assistant Commander P Singh, two head constables, and three Special Police officers were injured in the incident. All the were admitted to a hospital in Bijapur.

The outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) in Bastar is observing Jan Pituri Week from June 5 till June 11. Vehicular traffic was thin at many places in south Bastar, where rebels hold considerable sway with security personnel stepping up security.

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