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Maoists kill 5 cops near Jamshedpur

Maoists kill 5 cops near Jamshedpur

JAMSHEDPUR: Five policemen have been shot dead in an ambush by Maoists near Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. The attack took place on Friday evening when the policemen were patrolling a local market in Saraikela district, about 60 kilometre from Jamshedpur.

The Maoists, said to be two in number, also looted the weapons of the policemen. The location of the attack is close to the West Bengal-Jharkhand border.

Police officials, including the Superintendent of Police, have reached the spot and further investigation is underway.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has condemned the attack and said the "sacrifice of the policemen will not go in vain." Mr Das also promised strict action against the Maoists.

Earlier this month, a soldier was killed and four others were injured in an encounter between the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) and Maoists in the forests of Taldangal in Jharkhand's Dumka district.

On May 28, 11 security personnel were injured in a blast by Maoists in Jharkhand's Saraikela. A CRPF commando, who was critically wounded in the blast, died today in Delhi's AIIMS.

In another development, Maoist ultras have kidnapped and shot dead a 37-year-old trader in Gumla district, the police said at Gumla in Jharkhand on Friday.

Brajesh Sahu was gunned down by cadres of the banned CPI(Maoist) near a school at Katia village under Bishunpur police station limits on Thursday night.

Police sources said the reason behind Sahu's killing could be his support to the Jharkhand Jan Mukti Parishad, another proscribed Maoist organisation.

The Maoists, who had left some leaflets near the body, also torched a kendu-leaf laden truck near the school.

With agency inputs

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