Jharkhand: Three cops killed in landmine blast

Maoists attacked the police patrol party in Jharkhand`s Chatra district.

Updated: Mar 01, 2011, 11:13 AM IST

Chatra, Jharkhand: Maoists attacked a police patrol
party and opened indiscriminate fire, leaving three policemen,
including an officer, dead in Jharkhand`s Chatra district.

The Naxalite fired at the policemen when they were
returning from a patrol in a jeep at Lajrai More late last
night, police said Tuesday.

Two home guards and the civilian driver were injured
in the attack.

Those killed included Assistant Sub-inspector Narayan
Mandal, hawaldar Akhilesh Paswan and home guard Gandru, police
said, adding it was not a landmine blast as initially
reported.

R K Mallick, Spokesperson of Jharkhand Police said,
"The patrolling party had gone to inspect a road construction
site and the Maoists were laying ambush in that particular
area and the party came under fire. We have lost three
persons".

The rebels also looted two guns and torched the jeep.
Sources at the Tandua police station, under which the
incident took place, earlier said it was a landmine blast.

The incident comes close on the heels of the Maoists
abducting a district collector and a junior engineer from
Orissa`s Malkangiri district. The two were released after the
Orissa government conceded to some of the demands of the
rebels.

PTI