Saturday, August 15, 2009

Wounded cop rescued

Dhanbad, Aug. 12: A contingent of police recovered one of their injured colleagues, attacked by Naxalites yesterday, from a maize field this morning. But they failed to arrest a single rebel even after conducting raids in Maniadih’s Bariyarpur forest.

Deepak Bauri, a constable at the Maniadih police outpost, was found in a pool of blood with bullet injuries on right shoulder and right jaw. He had been lying in the field for almost 12 hours, writhing in pain. He was later admitted to the ICU of Central Hospital here.

A police team — led by superintendent of police Manoj Kaushik and deputy superintendent of police (law and order) Sanjay Ranjan Singh — returned Dhanbad after finding no clues about the Maoists.

The men in uniform, however, detained three persons, including one Shibu Tudu, in front of whose house the policemen were attacked.

Meanwhile, IG (North Chhotanagpur) Kishan Singh Meena and deputy IG Prashant Singh, who came here on Tuesday, paid homage to the slain assistant sub-inspector, Om Prakash Jha, who was gunned down last evening.

Jha, posted at the Maniadih outpost of Tundi police station, went to the market when the armed Naxalites swooped on them. While two policemen managed to flee, Jha and Bauri were abducted by the Naxalites, who took them to a nearby forest and fired at them.

While Jha, who suffered bullet injuries on head, arm, shoulder and abdomen, died on the spot, Bauri escaped and hid himself in a maize field from where he was rescued this morning.

The Naxalites also left two posters near Jha’s body, demanding withdrawal of the 44-member Maniadih police picket from the area and also asked the men in uniform to stop torturing villagers.

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