The Bihar police came under fire on Tuesday, first from Maoists who killed seven policemen in a landmine blast and later intelligence officials who blamed the state’s refusal to acknowledge the red challenge.
Tuesday’s attack came after Maoists on Saturday killed three security persons escorting an inter-city express in Munger and looted sophisticated firearms.
“In all of this year, the Maoists have snatched 38 weapons from the security forces so far in Bihar,” said a senior intelligence officer.
If every second weapon looted by the Maoists this year was in Bihar, it speaks volumes for the preparedness of the police, a senior police officer said.
From a peak of over 1,200 weapons in 2008, security forces have been able to prevent the Maoists from successfully looting weapons from policemen across the ultras’ heartland. For example, they were able to loot only 55 weapons.
Intelligence officers suggested the Maoist attacks also demonstrated that the police were unable to match up to them. That Monday’s attack took place outside the core area of the East Bihar North Jharkhand Zone — comprising Munger, Lakhisarai, Jamui, Banka and Bhagalpur — is a sign of their growing confidence, an officer said.