Tuesday, March 28, 2023

West Singhbhum: Maoists trigger IED blast, CRPF jawan injured


Mail News Service

Jamshedpur, Feb 7: Maoists violence in the rural beltis on the rise with yet another IED blast, causing a CRPF jawan to sustain an injury on Tuesday. Once again Naxals hiding in the West Singhbhum forests triggered the blast.

The injured identified as Sanjiv Kumar who belongs to the CRPF’s 60 battalions fell victim to the blast. The forces were carrying out an anti-insurgency operation at Hathiburu jungle in the Porahat forest division that falls under the Goelkera police station  area about 160 km away.

Soon after the incident, the police and the paramilitary forces rescued the victim and took him to a hospital in Ranchi by helicopter.

As the news reached, the West Singhbhum superintendent of police, Ashutosh Shekhar rushed to Goelkera.  Goelkera police station  OC, Rahul Kumar Singh who had joined the rescue operation said the injured CRPF jawan is out of danger.

It is the fifth explosion triggered by the outlawed outfit, CPI-Maoist in the Porahat and adjoining Kolhan forest divisions, which have emerged as the new ‘haven’ of the Naxals.

As of now 15 jawans have sustained injuries caused by the IED explosions in that troubled region since January 11, the day when the police started the joint operation against the Naxals there.

 “ With rising cases of Maoists violence in the rural belt it is important for the cops to prepare themselves to deal with the situation.  When the police officials get well-conversant with how to press a bomb squad to defuse an improvised explosive device (IED) it will help them to curb the casualties. Precaution must be on the top of the strategic agenda of the security forces. The movement of the security personnel, which include paramilitary jawans and cops of the Jharkhand police, is largely confined to on-foot movement so they need to be well trained before they step out,” said a local resident.

Earlier the Maoist rebels would focus on carrying out their subversive act in Saranda forest, but due to the presence of an adequate number of CRPF personnel there, the rebels had chosen the adjoining Kolhan forest division to make their presence felt. A squad of 16 armed rebels is still active at the Porahat forest division and stressed that action should be initiated to thwart the rebels.

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