Alert policemen repulse Maoist attack on station

The Maoists went on attack mode at a police station in insurgency-hit Narayanpur district. They looted a pick-up van carrying ration for security forces, before torching it, in Dantewada on Wednesday.

However no loss of life was reported in any incidents, officials at the State police headquarters said. According to Narayanpur district Police Superintendent Mayank Shrivastav, about half a dozen rebels attacked Jhara police station and started firing indiscriminately on the PS building from nearby jungles targeting the staff on the duty. However, the staff present on the duty took position promptly and returned the fire in adequate measures forcing the ultras to retreat after 20 minutes of exchange of fire between the two sides. No casualty was reported on either side. Meanwhile, insurgents also looted a pick-up van carrying ration for security forces under Kirandul police station area in the neighbouring Dantewada district on Wednesday.

The Maoist ultras later torched the vehicle after beating up the driver who claimed to be working for a private transporter. Elsewhere in the district, the insurgents also blocked Bacheli-Dantewada road by felling trees on it at several places. They also threw pamphlets at the blockade points opposing the Centre’s decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment in retail sector. However, security forces cleared the road after some time and traffic was resumed on the road by afternoon.

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