Thursday, May 20, 2010

CRPF patrol van blown up; 4 dead

Within 48 hours of Dantewada massacre, Maoists targeted a CRPF patrolling van with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), killing four jawans at Ramgarh, near Lalgarh police station in West Midnapore district on Wednesday. Three CRPF personnel, including two deputy commandants, were also injured in the attack that came on on the second day of the two-day five-state bandh called by the Maoists. They injured have been admitted to Midnapore hospital where the condition of two is said to be very critical.

“Four CRPF jawans were killed and three injured in an IED blast set off by the Naxals at around 11.30 am today,” M Nageswar Rao, CRPF Inspector General of Police, said. The deceased were identified as V Babul (29), Savant Vishal (24), BL Singh (32) and Rakesh Kumar (31). The injured deputy commandants are: Nav Kumar (39) and VP Singh (31). The vehicle in which they were traveling was badly damaged in the blast that left a five-feet-deep crater on the road. The explosion comes a day after Union Home Minister P Chidambaram asked the Naxals to abjure violence and come for talks.

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