Maoists trigger landmine blast in Aurangabad

PATNA: A landmine planted by the Maoists at Ramnagar under Tandwa police station in Naxal-dominated Nabinagar block in Aurangabad district exploded on Monday morning. However, no casualty was reported in the incident. The Maoists had planted mines during their two-day Bharat Bandh call given in protest against the recent killing of their leader Kishenji.

Aurangabad SP S M Jain said, “We got information that Maoists had planted mines at Ramnagar. The area was cordoned off. However, before the bomb could be defused, it exploded.”

It was a can bomb weighing between 3 kg-6kg, the SP added. Earlier, on Sunday the Maoists swooped on Suhi village under Kutumba police station and set on fire a mobile tower of a private operator during their first day of the bandh. Reports reaching here confirmed that Maoists, numbering about 50, had blown up the Hariharganj Block Office, about 62 km from the district headquarters in Palamu bordering Aurangabad district on Monday. Four rooms were damaged.

The Maoists also blew up a mobile tower of a private operator at Baraiya village under Mali police station under Nabinagar block in Aurangabad district. They also set ablaze a tractor of a farmer at the same village. The Maoists also pasted posters in the area declaring bandh for one month in the area.

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