Red attack on police picket repulsed

Feb 9, 2011
GAYA: Alert policemen successfully repulsed a Maoist attack on Sohail police picket under the Kothi police station of the district late on Monday evening. However, the Maoists beat a hasty retreat when police opened retaliatory firing.

Gaya SSP Amit Lodha said about 200 heavily armed Maoists attacked the police picket around midnight. Policemen manning the picket immediately challenged the Maoists and opened retaliatory firing. The resultant exchange of fire continued for sometime after which the Maoists beat a retreat, the SSP said. No casualty has been reported from either side, the SSP said.

In another development, Maoist spokesperson Paramjeet has said the banned outfit would renew its attacks on school buildings and blow them over alleged conversion of several schools in Dumaria-Imamganj area into police camps. The Maoist spokesperson alleged that schools at Barha village under Dumaria police station and Khajuria village under the Banke Bazar police station have been converted into police camps. The Magra School of Dumaria police station was already under police occupation, the Maoist spokesperson alleged.

The Maoist spokesperson conceded that his organisation was running several parallel schools in the district to educate the deprived children. He refused to divulge details saying that such disclosures will be counter-productive and amount to open invitation to the security police to clamp down on such schools, Paramjeet told TOI.

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