PATNA: Within the last 48 hours, the Maoists had to retreat twice after laying near virtual siege of two police stations in Naxal-hit Aurangabad district.
First, they attacked Tandwa police station on Sunday night, and again on Tuesday night they engaged the security forces in a one-hour gun battle to regain their supremacy as the Sunday’s attack was foiled by the alert security personnel. The Maoists on Tuesday night attacked Dhibra police station, but were forced back by the security forces which were already in a state of alert after Sunday’s attack.
Sources said when the Maoists numbering around 400 attacked Dhibra police station, there were 25 Bihar Military Police (BMP) personnel, 60 SAP jawans and 11 Bihar police jawans stationed at the police station.
Though, no casualty was reported from either side, local police claimed that some Maoists were injured in the encounter. A police officer said, “As firing was on from both the ends, suddenly we heard some wailing sound, after which firing from the Maoists side stopped. It seems some of their cadres received wounds in the encounter.” However, Aurangabad SP S M Jain denied that any Maoist was killed or injured during the shoot-out.
The retreat of Maoists is being seen as a big triumph of the police as on both the occasions they (Maoists) were in much larger strength than the security personnel. SP Jain said, “We are ready to face any challenge thrown at us by them (Maoists). Let them come, they will be replied back.” Jain said the two incidents indicate the Maoists are not in a formidable position. However, he did not rule out the possibility of more strikes by the extremists in future.
Tandwa is on Maoist hit-list as they have attacked the area under the police stations several times. In May, 2010, the Maoists attacked a BMP patrol party at Tandwa killing four BMP jawans on the spot before escaping with several arms and ammunition from their possession. On Monday, the Maoists triggered a landmine blast at village Lahangkarma under Tandwa PS.