Thursday, November 19, 2009

Red blast injures 10 cops in Ghatshila blast injures 10 cops

TNN 19 November 2009, 11:08pm IST

JAMSHEDPUR: Ten policemen were seriously injured in a landmine blast in Ghurabenda area of Ghatshila subdivision on Thursday evening. Around 3.30 pm, the Maoists allegedly triggered the blast in Bakar jungle, connecting NH-33 with Ghurabenda, blowing up the anti-landmine vehicle ferrying the securitymen.

Ten police personnel, including Ghurabenda PS officer-in-charge Indu Bhusan Kumar, sustained multiple injuries and were rushed to Tata Main Hospital (TMH) in Jamshedpur and Apollo Hospitals in Ranchi for treatment. (Police claimed that only six policemen were injured though the nine were admitted to TMH, while one was taken to Ranchi).

Ghatsila sub-divisional police officer Anup Virtherey said: "The incident took place when the anti-landmine vehicle was ferrying district police personnel from NH-33 to Ghurabenda PS. Barring one, all the injured have been rushed to TMH for further treatment." He, however, said there was no casualty in the incident.

Of the 10 injured, only Upender Singh, who is critically injured, has been air-lifted to Apollo Hospitals in Ranchi for treatment.

The other injured have been identified as Ghurabenda PS officer-in-charge Indu Bhusan Kumar, sub-inspector Ramjanam Baitha, hawaldar Brahamdev Prasad Yadav, hawaldar Jeetender Thakur, hawaldar Sanatanram Majhi, sepoy Nandkishore Mahato, hawaldar Shivman Luagan, Narpati Shunku and Parmeswar Mahato.

Meanwhile, putting rest to the rumours, SP Naveen Kumar Singh said the Maoists triggered only one blast and there was no report of any other blast in the Ghatsila sub-division.

This incident comes hours before the Maoist bandh on November 20 and has given the security agencies a reason for concern in the wake of elections in the state.

"All the six injured were administered first-aid in Ghurabenda and then rushed to the city for further treatment," said the SP.

Meanwhile, the district police have launched massive combing operations against the Maoists in the area with security personnel, including CRPF and district police jawans, fanning out in the jungle on Thursday evening. "We have launched combing operations in the area and security personnel in the district have been put on high alert," added the SP.

"Polling in three Assembly seats, including the Maoist-hit Jugsalai, will take place on November 25 and an incident of this nature is bound to affect the morale of the polling officials, especially those deployed in the Naxalite-hit areas," asserted a Class III official of the district administration deployed on poll duty.

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