Two persons were seriously injured when a landmine, planted adjacent to an illicit liquor shop by suspected Maoists, went off in West Bengal's Purulia district on Sunday, in the run up to elections in the area on April 30.
Superintendent of Police Rajesh Yadav said the owner of the joint and another customer were at the spot at around 7 AM When the landmine went off seriously injuring the duo.
The landmine, possibly planted last midnight adjacent to the entrance of the hooch joint, was activated from a little distance away, Yadav said.
The hooch owner and the customer, have been admitted to Purulia Sadar Hospital in critical condition. Maoist had earlier put up posters in the area demanding immediate closure of all hooch joints.
Lok Sabha elections will be held in Maoist-infested Purulia, West Midnapore, Bankura districts on April 30.