Mail News Service
Jamshedpur, June 14: Five policemen were killed on Friday as CPI-Maoist rebels attacked a police patrol team in Khukru block under Seraikela Kharswan district in the evening.
The ultras who had come on two bikes attacked the police party which was patrolling in the vicinity of a weekly-haat known as Khukru haat. They were reportedly six in number. They killed the cops by attacking them with knives. It is suspected that the rebels also shot at the cops and used other weapons. After killing the cops, they took away their rifles and decamped, sources said.
Seraikela-Kharsawan superintendent of police, Chandan Kumar Sinha said the shocking incident took place under Tiruldih PS area. The five police personnel, two of them assistant sub-inspectors and three constables, came under attack while patrolling the Tiruldih police station area of the district along the Jharkhand-Bengal border, he said.
The SP said information about the casualty about a sixth policeman had come, but it has not yet been confirmed. It is too early to comment. Police forces from the Ichargah, Chandil and Nimdih thana area have rushed to the spot at the place of occurrence. We are trying to find out whether a sixth cop has also been killed,” said the senior cop.
Additional Director General of Police Murari Lal Meena said the Maoists gheraoed the policemen and shot them dead.
According to sources, at the time the rebels attacked on the police party the venue of the weekly haat was abuzz with people. The rebels had first attacked the cops with knives suddenly and subsequently killed them after a chased, they said.
Earlier this month, a soldier was killed and four others were injured in an encounter between the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Maoists in the forests of Taldangal in Dumka district.
On May 28, 11 security personnel were injured in a blast by Maoists in Saraikela.