Eight persons, including six policemen, were killed and four injured when Maoists attacked the convoy of former Jharkhand Speaker and MP Inder Singh Namdhari who escaped unhurt in Latehar district on Saturday.
The Maoists triggered an IED blast and then opened fire on the security vehicle which was following Namdhari’s car at Ladu More in the district, Director General of Police G S Rath said.
Six policemen, including Assistant Sub-Inspector Bhim Tudu, and two civilians were killed in the attack, Rath and Latehar SP B.D. Sharma said.
The attack took place when the MP was returning from a function at Mahuatand, Inspector General of Police (Operation) R K Malik said.
Mr. Namdhari said his escort vehicle was caught in the blast but his car was able to speed away.