Ranchi, Jan. 28: Jharkhand Director General of Police DK Pandey and other senior Police officials paid last respect to the martyred policemen at Palamu, about 140 kms northwest of Ranchi on Thursday.
At least seven policemen were killed and six others were injured in a Maoist laid land mine blast at police vehicle in Palamu on Wednesday, police said. According to reports, a mini-bus carrying 12 police personnel was attacked by a Maoist in Palamu yesterday night.
DGP DK Pandey along with senior Police officials carried the coffin of a Policemen killed in a mine blast and also tried to console the beleaguered wife of slain Police personal.
A villager on Thursday shows wire connected with the landmine near the wreckage of Police vehicle in Chattarpur area of Palamu. Several of the injured policemen are being treated at a hospital in Ranchi. Six policemen who were injured in blast were airlifted to Ranchi in the night.
Significantly, five police personnel and two civilians were killed in a Maoist attack in Palamu on Wednesday while eight persons have been injured. The policemen were going towards the Kalapahari area in a convoy around 5 pm as part of reinforcements when a landmine exploded and the Tata- 407 vehicle carrying them blew up. CRPF and district policemen were walking at a distance behind the vehicle when the blast took place.
The Jharkhand Police had corned a group of Maoist in Kalaphari area in Chattarpur Block of Palamu district two days ago. The police and Maoists have since been engaged in a gun battle.
According to police sources, Maoist guerrillas trapped the security personnel by spreading rumours that the bodies of the a few Maoists belonging to the TPC-Maoist faction were lying in the area.
The sources said that a gunfight had erupted between the Communist Party of India-Maoist and another Maoist group, Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC), in the same area for last three days.
“Based on the information about the bodies, the policemen moved in two vehicles — a police jeep and a mini bus. Maoists blew up the mini bus to edffect maximum casualties,” a police officer told IANS.
An anti-landmine vehicle was not used during the movement, the sources said.
In the past, Maoist guerrillas have detonated landmine blasts and targeted police vehicles on more than 20 occasions since the creation of the state in 2000.
The last landmine blast was during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, in which five policemen were killed in Dumka district.
This was the first major strike this year.