Saturday, August 23, 2008

9 policemen die as Maoists ambush Gaya cops

22 Aug 2008, 0000 hrs IST,TNN

GAYA: Six policemen, two Maoists and a passerby were killed in a fierce exchange of fire after heavily-armed CPI (Maoist) extremists attacked the policemen who had come for a routine inspection of the Raniganj branch of Punjab National Bank at Raniganj village in Bihar’s Gaya district on Thursday noon.

The extremists, numbering nearly 12, also looted five self-loading rifles of police.

Whereas five of the killed policemen belonged to Special Auxiliary Police (SAP), the special force comprising ex-Army personnel created by the Nitish Kumar government to combat the Naxal menace, an ASI, S N Singh, was also among those killed. One bystander, identified as Dev Nandan Mahto of a nearby village, too, fell victim to the Maoists’ bullets.

While four SAP jawans died on the spot, the two other policemen succumbed to their injuries on the way to hospital. The killed SAP jawans have been identified as Satyendra Sharma, Umesh Singh, Ram Nath Singh, Samundar Singh and Indrajeet Singh.

Magadh range DIG Praveen Bashist, who was camping at Raniganj, said the extremists had positioned themselves at strategic points near the bank. They started indiscriminate firing on the policemen the moment they got down from the jeep, giving them little time to react.

"Yet the SAP jawans exhibited supreme valour and hurriedly took positions to retaliate and prevent the bank loot," ADG (HQ) Anil Sinha said, adding the SAP jawans, though injured, felled two Maoists.

The extremists left behind one of the motorcycles used in the operation. They also left behind a handwritten leaflet, saying the operation was aimed at police to avenge atrocities by them.

Patna zonal IG Sunil Kumar and IG (operations) S K Bharadwaj have reached Raniganj and are monitor the combing operation against the marauders.

Raniganj is a comparatively big village and the Naxal ambush took place in the busy market area during peak business hours. The extremists managed to make a somewhat safe exit and got away with a single casualty.
Another equally daredevil daylight Naxalite attack was made at the Tekari police station, located in a busy business centre, about a decade back.

A few days back, the watchman of a mobile phone company was killed by the Naxalites at Gurua in the district. Earlier, Maoists blew up a petrol station on the GT Road and used dynamite to blow the house of a villager of the Barachatti police station area in the district.

Also, at least 62 activists of the JD(U) and BJP had to resign from their respective party posts on the diktat of the Maoist outfit.

Eight killed in Naxal encounter

22 Aug, 2008, 0238 hrs IST, PTI

GAYA: Eight persons, including five Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) personnel and an ASI, were killed and three others seriously injured in a heavy exchange of fire between police and banned CPI (Maoist) activists at Raniganj here on Thursday.

A police team rushed to the Raniganj branch of the Punjab National Bank in Gaya district after receiving information about armed men encircling the bank, Deputy Inspector General (Magadh Range) Praveen Basistha said. When they reached the spot, the activists of the ultra-Left outfit started firing indiscriminately at the policemen, leading to the encounter, he said.

While four SAP personnel died on the spot, another who sustained gun-shot injuries was declared brought dead at the A N Medical college and hospital here, Basistha said.

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