Thursday, November 26, 2009

Maoists blow up police jeep in Khunti, 1 killed, 3 hurt

TNN 27 November 2009, 03:33am IST

RANCHI: On a day when the nation was united in remembering the victims of 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai, Maoists blew up a police Jeep in a forest near Jaranga village in Khunti district on Thursday morning. The head constable was killed and three policemen, including a sub-inspector, were injured. Police recovered an unexploded landmine from the site.

Incidentally, the attack came a after the first phase of polling was peacefully conducted in Jharkhand.

While head constable Harendra Pandey died on the spot, the injured were airlifted and admitted to Apollo Hospital in Ranchi.

The jeep was escorting a bus full of security personnel when the incident occurred around 9 am. The bus was on its way to Arki from Tamar ahead of the second phase of polls in the Khunti Assembly constituency scheduled for December 2. A CRPF camp is located about three km away from the blast site.

Khunti S P, A V Minz, said the Jeep was badly damaged. "The intensity of the blast was such that the vehicle was thrown several feet into the air and landed upside down in the jungle. The blast site is located about four km from the Arki police station," he added.

In another incident, Maoists blew up the Anant Madhya Vidyalaya, a government middle school, at Pratappur in Chatra district on Thursday. The rebels used a dynamite to blow up the building.

Police said the school was one of the buildings where voting was to take place in the last round of the five-phase elections scheduled for December 18.

In the last three days, Maoists blew up four school buildings which were supposed to serve as either polling booths or transit camps for security personnel, the police said. They further added the Maoists had blown up two schools in Palamu and Giridih districts on Tuesday.

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