Four BMP jawans die in Maoist attack (India)
MUNGER/PATNA: Four BMP jawans were killed and four other injured in the wee hours of Tuesday at Khaira village under Kajra police station of Lakhisarai district when about 1,000 Maoists attacked the armed police picket stationed in the village to prevent Maoist violence.
Munger range DIG Sunil Kumar said that one sepoy died in the bomb blast while three other jawans were shot dead by Maoists who were equipped with sophisticated firearms and explosives.
The Maoists attacked the police picket manned by well-equipped BMP jawans after Monday midnight. Though the BMP jawans were taken aback, they returned the fire leading to firing from both the sides which continued till 3 am on Tuesday when the reinforcements with SAP jawans arrived there from Kajra police station, police sources said. The Maoists attacked the picket all of a sudden from the side of Laxmipur Barmasia, a hideout of the Maoists near Kajra hills.
The Maoists simultaneously struck railway and blew up railway tracks upto 2.5 ft between Kajra and Uren railway stations near Azad Nagar railway crossing on the Jamalpur Kiul section of the Eastern Railway under Malda division.
The Maoists also locked the western cabin of the railway station.
IG (headquarter) Anil Kumar Sinha said, "Our picket was attacked but our jawans fought well and thwarted an attempt by the Maoists to loot weapons. Only one SLR and one carbine has been found missing and presumed to be taken away by the Maoists. An amount of Rs 10 lakh would be given to the families of the killed constables."
Sinha said, "We know that such attacks may continue but we are prepared to thwart them." He also said raids were going on in the area to arrest the culprits. "We have made substantial progress in the case," he said.
The gun firing after the midnight was so fierce that nobody could dare come out from his or her house even from the neighbouring villages.
One Manju Devi, who came out of her house to ease herself, was hit by a bullet at a distance of about two km from the police picket. She has been shifted to the hospital in Lakhisarai. Khaira, a sleepy village comprising mostly of extremely backward and OBC community, experienced Maoist violence about 10 months ago, too, when the mukhiya of gram panchayat Sadhusaran Yadav, a local RJD leader and three others were slain by the Maoists for allegedly not co-operating with them in their operation.
It was followed by loot of five police rifles and ammunitions at the Kajra railway station by the women
Maoists who had raided the railway station in broad daylight.
Rail police superintendent (SRP) Arvind Kumar said that the Maoists activists blew up about six-foot high railway track between Uren and Dhanouri railway stations using landmine causing total disruption of rail traffic for a few hours on Jamalpur-Kiul section of the Eastern Railway.
The damaged railway tracks were replaced on war footing.
Von: 28.02.2007 www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com