Saturday, July 25, 2009

Maoists strike again, set police car on fire

25 Jul 2009, 1136 hrs IST

Lalgarh continues to be on the edge, after a van of the West Bengal police carrying drinking water for the forces stationed at the Pirakata camp was attacked by Maoists on Friday (July 23).

An assistant sub-inspector and two others aboard the vehicle were allegedly taken hostage by the Naxals and later freed.

The incident took place on Friday afternoon when the van was passing through the Bhimpur forest area en route to Pirakata.

The incident is another instance of the growing power of the Maoists who have regrouped 3 weeks after Operation Lalgarh ended and have again resorted to attacking police camps, killing CPI(M) men, and protesting the use of schools as venues for the force camps.

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