Day 2 of bandh: Maoists fire at police station

Written by Political Bureau | Raipur | Updated: Jul 9 2010, 07:25am hrs
Armed Maoists fired at a police station in tribal Bastars Dantewada district to keep the security forces engaged even as another group of rebels stormed a Congress leaders house, lobbing hand grenades and opening indiscriminate fire, killing one of his relatives and an employee and injuring three others after midnight.

The incident took place on Wednesday night when scores of Maoist rebels simultaneously attacked Kuakonda police station, cordoned off the nearby Nakulnar village and attacked Congress leader Avdesh Singh Gautams house, inspector general of police (Bastar range) TJ Longkumeer said.

According to Gautam, the rebels cordoned off Nakulnar village, triggered a blast near the gate and later stormed the house. Gautam, a contractor by profession, managed to escape while his brother-in-law Sanjay Singh and his employee were shot dead. His son Abhijit and two other relatives, who sustained bullet injuries, were admitted to Maharani Hospital at Jagdalpur, divisional headquarters of tribal Bastar region.

Uniformed Naxalites fired and rushed inside the house. There was a blast near the gate. Papa telephoned the CRPF people but nobody came. I fell down after bullets hit me, Gautams 11-year-old son Abhijit told reporters at the hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

Security personnel, who were posted at Gautams house because of the Naxalite threat, exchanged fire with the rebels during the attack which continued for almost two hours.

Meanwhile, security personnel, including from the CRPF, present at the Kuakonda police station also fired in retaliation, forcing the Naxalites to retreat to the nearby forests.