Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Chhattisgarh bids adieu to cops slained in Naxal attack

Monday, July 13, 2009
United News of India

Raipur, July 13:
Chhattisgarh today bade a tearful adieu to slain Rajnandgaon Superintendent of Police Vinod Kumar Choubey and other security personnel, who laid down their lives encountering heavily-armed naxals in three separate gunbattles in Rajnandgaon on Sunday.
Intermittent drizzles could not prevent thousands of mourners from gathering at the Police Line Ground at Rajnandgaon this morning to pay their last respects to the brave hearts, who fought for over six hours with the Maoist militants in the interior forested areas in one of the biggest naxal attacks in the state.
Of the 39 deaths reported on Sunday in the three killer encounters that took place in Sitagaon, Madanwada and Tikagaon under the Manpur Tehsil area, police had been able to recover 29 bodies so far.
Four critically-wounded cops were admitted to Raipur, Manpur and Sitapur hospitals, official sources said.
Governor ELS Narasimhan, Chief Minister Raman Singh, Home Minister Nankiram Kanwar, Education Minister Brijmohan Agrawal, state Congress President Dhanendra Sahu, Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Ravindra Choubey, Director General of Police Vishwa Ranjan were among those who visited Rajnandgaon to pay their tributes by placing wreaths on the 29 wooden coffins lined up for public 'darshan'.
The Governor and the Chief Minister, who were scheduled to leave for Rajnandgaon by a helicopter, had to go by road following heavy downpour in the region since morning.

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