Statesman News Service
MIDNAPORE, Feb. 26. — At least three CRPF jawans and a civilian were killed and eight other policemen injured in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists at Nakrachara, near the Tarafeni barrage in Bhelaibiha gram panchayat, about 8 km from Belpahari in Midnapore West, this afternoon.
The injured were first admitted to Belpahari hospital and later shifted to Jhargram sub-divisional hospital in a critical condition.
The incident occurred around 5 p.m. when the jawans were returning in a vehicle from Barsul where a medical camp was organised by the police earlier in the day. The Midnapore West SP, Mr Ajay Nand, and other senior police officers of the district attended the camp.
According to reports, the bodies of the three jawans were being searched in the area as they were thrown apart under the impact of the explosion.
Mr Soumen Khan, an injured policeman who was admitted to Jhargram sub-divisional hospital, said casualties could be much higher as a total of 16 policemen were in the vehicle.
Locals in the area believe that the blast is a sequel to a gun battle between the police and the Maoists at Bangbuta forest in Belpahari on 8 February. Some Maoist cadres were reportedly injured in police retaliation.