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Rebels target assets of policemen

Patna, July 31: The ancestral properties of security personnel have become soft targets of Maoists.

The Maoist attack on the houses of two police personnel in the Naxalite-hit Aurangabad district in the past one week reveals it. On Wednesday night, the rebels blew up the house of one Binod Kumar Singh, a constable with CRPF. On July 24, the rebels had blown up the house of a sub-inspector at Manjhauli village.

Around 25 armed squad members of the CPI(Maoist) swooped down on Pipra village under the jurisdiction of Kutumba police station in Aurangabad district around midnight and asked the inmates of Binod’s ancestral home to vacate the building. The rebels later detonated the double-storeyed building with dynamites and left pamphlets, stating that their operation was carried out in retaliation to the police firing on “innocent” people staging a protest at Madanpur of Aurangabad district on July 19 and alleged excesses during special police operations.

Binod, a member of the Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), carved out from the CRPF exclusively to deal with the Naxalite menace across the country, is at present posted at Barachatti in Gaya district. He was not present in the house at the time of the attack.

Aurangabad superintendent of police (SP) Upendra Kumar Sharma said the rebels did not harm any member of the family though. “They threatened Binod’s family and pulled them out from the house. Thereafter, they laid explosives inside the building and blew it up,” he added.

The SP admitted that the building had completely been damaged. Valuables and foodgrain stored in the house were also set on fire.

“Their motive is to create a fear psychosis among the security personnel to stall the ongoing special operations against the banned outfit,” he told The Telegraph.

Sharma claimed that raids were conducted on suspected hideouts to pick up those involved in the incident. “This is the second such incident in the district in which the Maoists have targeted the police personnel’s ancestral property,” he said.

Earlier, the rebels had blown up the house of sub-inspector Kedar Nath Singh at Manjhauli village under the jurisdiction of Kutumba police station in the night of July 24. No member of Singh’s family was injured in the blast triggered by the rebels with the help of cylinder bombs.

Kedar, posted as the station house officer of Town police station in Katihar district, visited his house after he came to know about the incident.

The police officer expressed shock over the Maoists’ action. “The action is manifestation of their frustration,” he told a select group of journalists in Aurangabad.