6 security personnel killed as Maoists trigger landmine blast in Jharkhand

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 28 Jun 2018 08:34:42



MAOIST guerrillas exploded a landmine in Jharkhand’s Latehar district, killing 6 security personnel, officials said on Wednesday.
The attack took place at Budha Pahad area when the team of ten jawans were engaged in security operations late on Tuesday night. Due to bad weather, the injured security personnel were not airlifted by helicopter for treatment.
On Wednesday, amid rains, security forces and Maoist guerrillas exchanged gunfire in the same area.

According to police, a gun battle had taken place between the security forces and Maoists on Sunday also.
The police had launched a search operation for the Maoists based on Intelligence inputs. The rebels ambushed them on Tuesday by tracking their movement. After the landmine blast, the Maoists fired at the security personnel.

Jharkhand Director General of Police D K Pandey said that the operation will continue at Budha Pahad till the Maoists were eliminated. Additional forces have been deployed in the area and both the police and the Central Reserve Police Force have intensified their operation.

Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the State. More than 700 security personnel have been killed by Maoists since the creation of the State in November 2000.
Meanwhile, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das on Wednesday expressed deep sorrow over the killing of six jawans.

“The Naxalites had perpetrated a cowardly attack on our jawans. The martyrdom of six jawans is sorrowful. We will root out Naxalism in Jharkhand and this will be the true tribute to the martyrs,” Das tweeted.
While six jawans were killed, four were injured.