Four Jharkhand police killed in Naxal attack

Maoists fired upon a joint party of the CRPF and the DRG, following which the encounter started, sources said. PTI file photo.

Four police personnel have been killed in a Naxal attack near a village in Latehar district, police said on Saturday (November 23).

Armed Maoists opened fire on a patrol van near Lukiatand village under Chandwa police station on Friday night, killing the four policemen, including an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), they said.

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The deceased have been identified as ASI Sukra Oraon and home guard jawans Sikander Singh, Jamuna Prasad and Sambhu Prasad, a police officer said.

Another jawan, who was part of the patrol party, escaped the attack as he had gone to attend nature’s call, he said.

Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das has condemned the attack and expressed grief over the death of the four police personnel. Further investigation into the incident is underway.

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