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Jharkhand: 17-year-old boy seriously injured in IED blast in West Singhbhum

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Jamshedpur, Jan 24: In yet another incident of IED blast triggered by suspected Maoists, a 17-year-old boy was seriously injured in an IED blast at Goelkera police station  area of West Singhbhum district.

The blast is considered to be a plot of CPI-Maoist rebels against the police and paramilitary forces that took place while the victim was negotiating a trail on foot to his home at Kutumba village in Goelkera.

After the teenager was injured, the police took him to Goelkera Community Health Centre to be referred to the Chaibasa Sadar Hospital for better treatment.

The boy has sustained grievous injuries throughout his legs and also in other parts of his body. The IED blast in Goelkera took place after a series of such blasts occurred at Tumbahaka, a forest stretch under the Tonto police station  area in West Singhbhum district during the past fortnight, causing as many as 10 CRPF and CoBRA jawans to get injured.

According to police, Naxals belonging to the outlawed outfit CPI-Maoist have planted IEDs in the jungles under Tonto and Goelkera police station areas to prevent any anti-insurgency operation by the police and paramilitary forces.

According to the senior police officer, a large number of rebels have held themselves up in numerous hills.  He revealed that as there is overgrowth of shrubs and branches of trees everywhere due to the rains in the past, searching through these areas becomes more and more  challenging.

Manoharpur block, an area considered to be one of the rebel hotbeds in the state.   The combing and search operation in the vicinity of Tirulposi is still on  with the jawans of CRPF, CoBRA, Jharkhand Jaguar and district police participating in it vigorously.

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