Sunday, November 15, 2009

Lucknow :City lad serving CRPF lays down life in Orissa

TNN 15 November 2009, 05:42am IST


LUCKNOW: A Lucknow lad serving Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) as a deputy commandant (DC) was among the three who laid their lives at the altar
of duty in Maoist-infested Orissa on Friday. Identified as Bhupendra Singh, the 28-year-old DC was a resident of Rajajipuram. A CRPF constable driver and a jawan were among the deceased. Seven injured were admitted to the hospital where condition of four of them was stated to be critical.

According to Bhawesh Chowdhary, Bhupendra's counterpart at CRPF Lucknow, the body of the martyr will be flown to Lucknow to land around 8:30 am on Sunday. The body will be taken to the house of Bhupendra Singh where the martyr will be awarded a salute to acknowledge his sacrifice, made while fighting for his motherland, DC Bhawesh Chaudhary said, talking to TOI on Saturday evening.

The incident took place when the CRPF van in which the security personnel were travelling from MV 79 police circle to Gompagunda apparently to pick up rations when it activated a landmine while crossing a culvert situated under Kalimela police station in Malkangiri district.

The explosion was so powerful that the vehicle was blown to pieces, killing three of the men on the spot. Apart from DC Bhupendra Singh, the two victims were identified as jawan Narendra Kumar and constable driver Sunil Kumar. Bodies of the deceased CRPF personnel were later taken to Malkangiri police station for post-mortem examination.

The attack is believed to be part of the Maoist strategy to restrict movement of security forces ahead of their proposed offensive in the region.

This was the third attack by Maoists in Malkangiri this month. A guest house of a private steel company in Chitrakonda area was torched and a bridge over a rivulet was blown up on the other two occasions.

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