Nine people, including five policemen, died and six others were injured in a Naxal attack on Baghela and Rajpur police outposts of Rohtas district late on Saturday night. The extremists also looted 16 rifles from policemen.
This was followed by a fierce encounter between the police and the Maoists between Darihat and Obera police stations in Aurangabad district on Sunday. The police managed to recover seven looted rifles, including two police weapons taken away on Saturday.
This is the second Naxalies’ attack on the police in Rohtas district within a month. In the first week of June, two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men were killed in a landmine explosion under the Rohtas police station. Several bombs were also recovered.
Inspector General (Headquarters) Anil Sinha said that about 200-300 heavily armed Naxalites carried out simultaneous attack on Baghela and Rajpur police outposts (each located at a distance of about 5 km) at around 11.30 p.m., started indiscriminate firing and throwing petrol bombs.
The policemen deployed at the two police outposts retaliated the attack. However, the police suffered a setback as the extremists outnumbered them. While three policemen, a chaukidar and a driver (villager) were killed in the attack on Baghela police outpost, a havildar, a constable and a local resident died in the Rajpur attack, Sinha said.
Bihar demands reinforcements
Home Secretary Afzal Amanullah on Sunday demanded 10 companies of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) from the Centre to carry out an intensive operation against the Maoists in the State. “The Maoists’ attack on the Rajpur police outpost in Rohtas district is the result of growing despondency among the Naxalites due to continued police crackdown on them,” he said.