Two Railway Protection Force officers were injured when they came under attack during an operation to arrest alleged coal lifters from a village on Friday midnight.
Senior inspector of Railway Protection Force (RPF), crime investigation bureau, Satyendra Kumar, and assistant sub-inspector of RPF Dharamveer Singh were injured in the attack at Bhuin Toli of Gere village, around 10km east of Gaya town. The duo were admitted to the railway sub-divisional hospital in Gaya.
The RPF officers, accompanied by officers from Mufassil police station, had gone to Bhuin Toli around midnight to arrest three alleged coal lifters Vinod Manjhi, Chintu and Mintu.
RPF commandant, Mughalsarai division, S.R. Gandhi arrived in Gaya on Friday to check on the personnel. He said: “The three had been chargesheeted in a case of coal theft from goods trains passing through or terminating at Gaya Junction. Based on a tip-off, the team went to Bhuin Toli. Dharamveer caught Manjhi from his house but the villagers gathered around the team and pelted the officers with stones.”
Sensing trouble, the RPF officers ran for safety. Satyendra fell and injured his elbow, while Dharamveer got hurt in the knee.
Coal theft from goods trains passing through Gaya is rampant with RPF officers coming under attack on previous occasions too. Sources said involvement of RPF personnel also could not be ruled out in coal theft.
Gandhi after meeting injured officers at the hospital ordered for an operation to arrest the absconding coal lifters.