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Naxal attack: Jehanabad SP suspended

Sunil Kumar was under attack for his failure to prevent the Naxalite onslaught which left many dead. Pics

india Updated: Nov 15, 2005 16:12 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

The Superintendent of Police of Jehanabad Sunil Kumar was on Tuesday placed under suspension on the charge of dereliction of duty in the wake of Sunday night Naxalite attack in Jehanabad.

BS Meena, the police chief of Rohtas district will be the new SP of Jehanabad, official sources said.

The police chief of Jehanabad, Kumar was under attack for his failure to prevent the Naxalite onslaught which left 13 dead. 383 inmates of Jehanabad jail were either set free or kidnapped by the marauders during the attack.

Bihar Home Secretary HC Sirohi had on Monday said IG (Operations) RR Verma had at 3 pm on Sunday informed IG (central zone) AS Nimbran and SP Jehanabad about a possible attack by the underground extremists.

While announcing an administrative inquiry into the incident by a two-member panel including secretary-cum-commissioner of Water Resources department V Jaishanker and IG (Railways) AC Verma, Sirohi had said it would also look into the administrative failure leading to the attack.

Armed Naxals on Sunday night freed 389 inmates of the district prison and killed four persons in their daring storming operation, and gunned down nine kidnapped members of Ranvir Sena, an outlawed militia of upper caste landlords on Monday, triggering protests from the relatives.

Alarmed over the incident, the Centre rushed 1,000 central paramilitary personnel and decided to air drop troops in Bihar even as alert was sounded in Naxal-affected districts of Maharashtra, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand.

District Magistrate Rana Avadhesh put the number of jail escapees from the prison at 341 of whom three were nabbed. However, IG (Prisons) AB Prasad said 389 inmates were missing of whom six were recaptured.

First Published: Nov 15, 2005 01:49 IST