Monday, November 30, 2009

Blasts mark bandh end

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Ranchi, Nov. 30: On the second day of the Maoist bandh, Chatra additional superintendent of police Sunil Bhaskar had a miraculous escape even as a series of attacks rocked several other districts.

Two among Bhaskar’s four bodyguards and a police driver sustained injuries when the rebels triggered a landmine blast at Kharwanari village under Hunterganj police station area of Chatra district around 8.30am. Bhaskar was on his way to Hunterganj from Pratappur, about 200km from here.

Sources said the Maoists took advantage of dense forest cover near the village, around 10km from Pratappur.

Bhaskar survived the attack, as he was not reportedly in the vehicle that he usually used. “Bhaskar was sitting in an ordinary vehicle with his two bodyguards and a driver. He also asked the driver of the landmine-protected vehicle to follow him. He deputed two bodyguards in the landmine-protected vehicle. His strategy yielded result, as the extremists detonated the mines only after the ordinary vehicle crossed the danger zone,” a police officer said.

“The anti-landmine vehicle driver, Mashi Kachhap, and my two bodyguards, Mukesh Mishra and Vikash Paswan, sustained injuries. They were airlifted and admitted to a private hospital in Ranchi,” Bhaskar said, adding condition of all three was stable.

In another incident, the Maoists blew up the house of RJD leader Chandrika Yadav at Jodi in Chatra district’s Basisthnagar police station area around 11 last night.

The Naxalites also blasted a culvert near Kasaribera village under Arki police station area in Khunti district around 1.30am today.

In another incident in Khunti, Maoists blew up a school building at Sowde village under Rania police station area last night. In Palamau, they disrupted movement of vehicles on the Daltonganj-Aurangabad Main Road from 10pm yesterday to 10am today by felling three trees at Kanda.

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