One cop killed, 17 hurt in naxal attack (INDIA)
Nagpur, April. 19 (PTI): A police constable was killed and 17 others, including a police sub-inspector, were injured when naxalies triggered a landmine blast and opened indiscriminate firing in Phulbondi forest area in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra today, police said.
"About 17 policemen from a special squad C-60 were on a patrolling duty when their anti-landmine vehicle was blown off by a powerful landmine blast by a group of naxals in thick forest in Phulbondi, about 250 km. south of Vidarbha region early today," Gadchiroli police said today.
He said the blast was so powerful that the vehicle was tossed in the air.
The naxals also opened fire, which was retaliated by police, but constable Avendra Rasekar was killed in the firing.
PSI Harishchandra Madavi (48) and two constables Kusu Koradi and Prakash Gorade, who sustained serious injuries, were rushed to the city and admitted to Government Medical College Hospital, police said, adding that their condition was critical.
Other 12 injured were admitted to Government Hospital in Gadchiroli, they said.
Gadhciroli S P Shirish Jain and other officials have rushed to the spot and supervising the relief operations, police added.
This is the second attempt to blow up an anti-mine vehicle in Gachiroli in the last two months.
The vehicle has a capacity for 12 passengers, police said.
The police party was on an operation after naxal attack on Phulbondi Police Assistance Centre recently, they added.
Von: 19.04.2006 http://www.hindu.com