Naxals test cops, fire at police station

NAGPUR: Naxal activities, after a lull, resumed with a bang when the rebels opened fire on a police station in Dhanora tehsil on Saturday night. The rebels, having left the cops on tenterhooks, sneaked away after triggering a scare. They also raised slogans against police and hailed their martyred leader Kishanji. The incident took place on the day state home and district’s guardian minister RR Patil was present.

The Phulbodi Gatta police station was the latest target of the Naxals where they tried to aim few shots towards the security post which is also being used as a camp for the paramilitary jawans of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) apart from the district force being already deployed there. The incident took place between 10.30pm and 11pm.

The security personnel, present in the police station, retaliated after few shots flew in their direction. The security forces are learnt to have taken up their positions to defend the post when the firing stopped. The Naxals, however, ensured that they continuously raised slogans tempting the security forces to step out of the post.

Superintendent of police, Gadchiroli, S Vireesh Prabhu said that the security forces could not spot any one who could be firing upon the post. “We had fired ammunitions which had the capacity to light up a vast area and also there were illuminations from the post but there was no one in the sight. The firing also did not continue for long. It could be one of those occasions when they were merely making their presence felt,” said Prabhu. He added that forces had undertaken a search operation after the skies cleared up in the dawn but there was no one traced or any clue found.

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