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Maoist blast toll rises to six

Gaya, Oct. 19: The toll in the Tarchaun blast that was triggered by Maoists yesterday rose to six with the death of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) inspector Hanumant Singh Gurjar.

Five CRPF personnel died yesterday morning when the Maoists triggered a landmine blast and blew up a patrol vehicle in a forest area near Tarchaun, around 160km south of Patna. The explosion was so powerful that the anti-landmine vehicle, worth Rs 40 lakh, was torn apart.

In an act of defiance, the Maoists late yesterday evening also revisited the area and torched the anti-landmine vehicle that they had exploded.

On the other hand, the body of one of the CRPF jawans, Bikramaditya Yadav, was taken to his native village Nainijore in Buxar in the presence of CRPF commandants Pankaj Kumar and Sanjiv Choudhry today. He was given the Guard of Honour before cremation. During the search operation yesterday, security personnel recovered six landmines, nine pressure-cooker bombs and wires. The bomb-defusing squad members defused all the landmines and the bombs.

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