Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Naxal killed as mine being planted goes off

TNN, Nov 23, 2010, 03.26am IST

Read more: Naxal killed as mine being planted goes off - The Times of India

NAGPUR: A Naxalite was killed and a few of his aides injured when a land mine they were planting under a road went off accidentally near Eragatta in Sironcha tehsil on Saturday evening. The Naxalites were planting the mine under the road connecting Alapalli to Sironcha.

Unconfirmed reports claimed they were planning a big attack on a police patrolling party. It failed due to inept handling of the explosives. Patrolling parties of C-60 commandos and Central Paramilitary forces are at present combing the adjoining areas.

The Naxalites are generally trained in such activities and are not known to suffer such setbacks. They had recently killed four security personnel at Perimilli in a mine explosion and on the following day blew up a police vehicle in similar manner leaving several cops injured.

Rumours started doing rounds about the casualties though initially there was no confirmation. Till now, there is confusion regarding date of incident. While additional superintendent of police, Aheri, Rajesh Sharma claimed the incident took place on Saturday evening, a reliable source in Gadchiroli said it was on Friday afternoon. There was confusion regarding the numbers of casualties too.

Local police, opting not to take risk, ensured that a villager was sent to the area where the mine had likely gone off. "Blood stains were spotted in the forest adjoining the road. The place was close to the road. There was no crater formed. Shrapnel or splinters could not be traced. We cannot expect an expert's comment from the villager," said Sharma.

"Our police team would be there to inspect the spot in another couple of days as they are busy in patrolling at present," said Sharma. The senior officer also said that there was no official confirmation of the incident. "We have received no formal complaint. There was no trace of any injured persons or body found at the place," said Sharma.

The security agencies, based in Nagpur, were activated after the incident came to their notice. Sources claimed that the undercover sleuths had started visiting hospitals and nursing home anticipating that the Naxals may bring their injured for treatment here. Their counterparts in other districts were also alerted, it is learnt.

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