Friday, November 13, 2009

3 cops hurt in Naxals' landmine blast

Mazhar Ali, TNN 12 November 2009, 06:47am IST

CHANDRAPUR: Even as heavy paramilitary forces have been mobilized to tackle Naxals in Gadchiroli, the outlaws struck again on Wednesday afternoon,
setting off a landmine that left three policemen injured. The blast that was carried out near Fulbodi Gatta village under Dhanora division of Gadchiroli inflicted severe damage to the Tata Sumo in which the cops were travelling. The three cops fortunately escaped with minor injuries, police claimed.

Official sources said the three policemen were part of a police party mobilized for the area domination exercise in the jungles around Gutta police assistance centre. The trio was carrying supplies in Tata Sumo for the forces engaged in the search operations. Around 12.45 pm, the blast took place in Chichoda hilly area, some 2 km from Gutta near the road, injuring three policemen in the vehicle. The insurgents opened fire on the injured cops. However, security forces in close vicinity immediately rushed to their rescue hearing the explosion. The security forces and the Naxalites exchanged fire for around 10 minutes, after which the outlaws retreated in the jungle, cops have claimed.

"The blast took place beside the road, inflicting damage to the vehicle from one side. The driver and two others travelling in the vehicle have sustained minor injuries in the blast. The damage was minimal as the intensity of blast was low," said Deputy SP (Home), Vijay Chafle. The injured cops have been identified as driver Ramu Gawde, police constables Jitendra Vaidya and Sunil Waghmare attached to special action squad (C-60). The vehicle, however, sustained considerable damage and was brought back to Gadchiroli with the help of a crane. "Our men close to the place immediately rushed to the spot after hearing the explosion. They rescued the cops from the damaged vehicle and moved them to Gadchiroli civil hospital," said Chafle. Heavy forces were pressed into the area under the guidance of SP S Jaikumar. SDPO Balsingh Rajput is leading the intense anti-naxal operations in the area to track the absconding Naxals

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