Bihar: Seven policemen killed in Aurangabad landmine blast

Naxal AttackThe damaged road, parts of police vehicle (insets) after a landmine blast by Naxals in Biharís Aurangabad district. (PTI)

In the second Naxal attack in Bihar in less than a week, seven policemen, including the in-charge of Tandwa police station and five Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) personnel, were killed in a landmine blast in Navinagar, in Aurangabad district, on Tuesday.

According to reports, the incident took place at around 4 pm, at Tilharpur village on the Tandwa-Navinagar main road, which falls on the Bihar-Jharkhand border. Tandwa police station in-charge Sub-Inspector Ajay Kumar was returning from Navinagar to Tandwa with five SAP personnel and a driver in a police vehicle when the blast occurred. All the seven policemen, including the driver, were killed on the spot.

"The bodies cannot be identified easily. It is surprising that the landmine blast took place on the main road," said Navinagar police station in-charge Dhruv Kumar Singh. Senior police officers including Aurangabad Superintendent of Police have been rushed to the spot.

Sources said Manas, who claimed to be spokesperson of the Bihar Jharkhand Special Area Committee, told local mediapersons that the attack was in response to the "undeclared Operation Greenhunt launched by the Bihar government in which several people were killed in fake encounter".

Sources also said the Naxals may have planned the attack in retaliation against the arrest of Maoist leader Pradip Yadav last month.

On Saturday, three Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel were killed in a Naxal attack on a Patna-bound train in Munger.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet on Tuesday cleared a new surrender and rehabilitation policy for former Maoists.

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