Seven STF jawans killed, 11 injured in Maoist attack in Bastar
RAIPUR: Seven personnel of Special Task Force (STF) were killed and eleven others injured in an encounter with outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) rebels at a village near Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region on Saturday. Additonal director general of police (anti-Naxal operations) Rajinder Kuamr Vij said that the encounter took place at Pidmal village between Dornapal and Chintagufa when the rebels tried to attack the security personnel. The forces retaliated leading to a fierce encounter during which seven security personnel died and eleven others injured.
The gun-battle continued for more than an hour with the rebels who were believed to be in large numbers. STF’s commander Shankar Rao is among the dead. The injured personnel have been shifted to nearby hospitals and the critically injured are expected to be airlifted to state capital for further treatment. After lying low for sometime, there are indications that the Maoist rebels can step up violence in Bastar region during summer when they observe their tactical counter offensive campaign (TCOC).
Cops escape landmine attack by Maoists in Bihar
Gaya: Several police personnel involved in anti-naxal operation had a narrow escape as two landmines, planted by Maoists, exploded few metres ahead of the patrol vehicle which was about to cross the site of the blast near Birnawan village in Bihar’s Gaya district, cops said on Friday. “The police personnel were moving across the area in a vehicle when Maoists triggered the landmines in quick succession,” Magadh Range Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Pradeep Shrivastava said. ”Luckily, the blasts happened a few metres ahead of the vehicle late last night without causing any harm to the security men,” Shrivastava added. Additional forces have been sent in the area, he said.