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Cops injured in IED blast

Ranchi, March 13: Three policemen, including an additional superintendent of police, were today injured while defusing a landmine in the Panki police station area of Palamau district.

Chatra additional superintendent of police (operations) Ravi Shankar Mishra and two constables were airlifted to Ranchi and admitted to Apollo hospitals.

Confirming the incident, Palamau superintendent of police Y.S. Ramesh said Chatra police were engaged in sanitising the Chak police picket area along the borders of Palamau and Chatra. Palamau police were assisting them.

“The patrol teams discovered a landmine along Panki-Manatu road. When they tried to defuse it, the IED exploded. The injured have been rushed to Ranchi for treatment. Search operations in the area have been intensified,” he added.

Director-general of police Rajeev Kumar said: “We are doing our best to scan the area. Search operations are on in full swing. Ensuring peaceful elections is our responsibility,” he added.

CRPF jawans hurt

Two CRPF personnel — a deputy commandant and a sub-inspector — sustained injuries in what appears to be an accidental firing at Saryu area of Latehar district today.

Latehar superintendent of police Michael Raj was not willing to say much, except confirming that two groups of policemen were carrying out searches in Saryu under Garu police station around 9.30am when CRPF deputy commandant Vivek Ojha and sub-inspector Ashok Kumar Singh were injured.

A senior police officer, however, said that one of the teams might have mistaken the other as Maoists and opened fire.

But DGP Kumar refused to confirm anything while admitting that it did not appear that rebels were involved in the shooting. “We are awaiting a detailed report from the Latehar SP. Only then, we will be in a position to speak,” said an officer.