Bhagalpur, Sept. 19: Maoist guerrillas today shot dead an assistant sub-inspector and injured two police personnel at Khaira in Jamui district, around 180km south-east of the state capital.
Police said the rebels launched the attack on a police team patrolling the foothills of Giddhaswarnath between Jamui and Khaira around 2 in the afternoon.
“The Maoists were hiding atop the hill and started firing at the police convoy. Though the security personnel fired in retaliation, Jamui police station assistant sub-inspector (ASI) J.K. Singh died on the spot,” a police officer told The Telegraph. The two injured were identified as ASI Kamlesh Kumar and constable Janardan Prasad.
Superintendent of police (Jamui) Upendar Sharma led a team to Khaira to launch an operation against the rebels. Personnel of the CRPF 215 battalion are assisting the police team in the operation.
Though Sharma could not be contacted, inspector-general of police (Bhagalpur) A.K. Ambedkar said personnel of the Special Protection Force and the CRPF have taken position in the area and started climbing the hill.
“Kamlesh and Janardan were sent to Jamui sadar hospital. However, doctors attending to the duo in the hospital referred them to Patna for better treatment,” Ambedkar added.
Sources in Jamui police, however, admitted that it was a difficult task for the security personnel to climb the Giddhaswarnath hills.
“The rebels have planted landmines on the road leading to Giddhaswarnath temple and have attached them with underground cables. Around 150-160 rebels have taken shelter atop the hill. We can launch a full-fledged operation against the rebels only after the additional reinforcement arrives,” a source said.
Today’s attack came as a surprise for both the police and the CRPF, as they have been claiming that the Maoist menace has been on the wane in Jamui following effective policing.
The Maoists had first set up their base in Jamui from Giridih in neighbouring Jhar-khand through Khaira in 1998.