Ranchi: Security personnel had a narrow escape when Maoists used a poster bomb in Jharkhand on the first day of a two-day strike called by them to protest against the killing of one of their top leaders.
A police team saw Maoist posters near Rani jungle in Simdega district, around 110 km from Ranchi.
The poster was hanging on two bamboos. When the policemen tried to remove the bamboos, the bomb blasted, creating a crater of one metre. No one was injured.
A live landmine was also recovered at the same place.
Maoists called the strike to protest the killing of their leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad in an alleged shootout July 2 in Andhra Pradesh.
The rebels claim that the police killed Azad in a staged gunfight after arresting him in Nagpur in Maharashtra.
Woman Naxalite killed in Maharashtra
A woman Naxalite was killed in a
police encounter in Maharashtra`s Gadchiroli district, police
The incident took place at Dongargaon forests in Kurkheda
taluka when a group of Naxals opened indiscriminate fire at a
police team which was patrolling the area following which the
security personnel retaliate, they said.
After 10 minutes of exchange of fire, the Naxals fled and
the police later found the body of a middle-aged woman Naxal
from the encounter site.
The deceased is yet to be identified, police said, adding
that one 12 bore rifle and 12 rounds of bullets were recovered
from the site.
However, no policeman was injured in the encounter, they