Six injured in mine blast by Maoists (India)
BARIPADA, May 10: Six policemen, including sub-inspector Mr MK Deo, were injured when Maoists triggered a land-mine as the police vehicle was passing near Chadahipahadi grama panchayat area today. Two of the injured policemen were serious and rushed to SCB Medical College Hospital, Cuttack.
Police said the mine was laid apparently to check intensified combing operations launched since yesterday following the killing of a forester by the ultras. Yesterday, armed Maoists had shot dead a forester and set a forest beat house ablaze. Since combing operations were stepped up and bordering areas of Jharkhand sealed, the radicals had in their usual style of operation laid mines to delay the chase. Following the blast, the Maoists had reportedly resorted to firing but police did not confirm the firing incident.
SP Mr Sanjay Singh said the blast took place at 2 pm. Meanwhile, home secretary Mr TK Mishra and senior police officers took stock of the situation at a meeting in Bhubaneswar today. Mr Mishra said the state government was in constant touch with bordering Jharkahand and Chhattisgarh governments to adopt a coordinated model of tackling Maoists. "Our joint efforts with neighbouring Andhra Pradesh police has been successful and we want to adopt a similar model with Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh to combat extremists," said Mr Mishra.
Von: http://www.thestatesman.net 11.05.2007