GAYA: Narain Mistri, a villager of Pankara, injured during the gun battle between the police and a heavily armed contingent of the PLGA, the fighting wing of the CPI (Maoist), in Gaya district, has been detained and put on scanner by the police.
Though not formally arrested as yet, the injured man is being closely quizzed and his past is being digged out to ascertain whether he (injured man) was part of the Naxal group that attacked the Cobra ( CRPF) camp at Dumaria on Sunday night or was he really innocent as being claimed and was accidentally hit during the police-Maoist gun battle when he came out to ease himself in the open air lavoratory.
Confirming the injured man’s detention (without disclosing his name) and his persistent quizzing, Magadh Range DIG Naiyyer Hasnain Khan said the man appears to have been in close vicinity of the encounter site as the bullet apparently fired by the police pierced his thigh. Since the man received injury near the encounter site, his home was at some distance and for that reason, the injured man needs a closer scrutiny and his suspected Naxal connections are to be verified, he said.
The DIG said that the encounter area was being sanitized by the police and simultaneously combing operation was going on in Dumaria-Imamganj area to nab the Maoists involved in the encounter. The police forces engaged in the combing operation were proceeding with caution and anti-landmine devices were pressed into service by trained personnel to detect possible landmines and execute the ‘demining’ operation. Khan said there was heavy and intermittent exchange of fire between the two sides. Sniffer dogs have been pressed into service to detect landmines and sniff the traces left behind by the rebels.
On Sunday evening, Maoists had attacked the Cobra camp located in the Dumaria block headquarters.