The Maoists on Monday released the four persons abducted in Giridih district on Saturday evening, even as they set off 22 landmine blasts in the area, killing one CRPF man and injuring 11 other security personnel who were part of the rescue team.
The incident took place near Dolkatha village, on the Topchanchi-Pirtand road connecting Dhanbad and Giridih districts, at around 12 in the afternoon. The victim has been identified as Badal Mandal of the CRPF’s 22nd Battalion.
The injured, seven CRPF and four Jharkhand Jaguar — the state police’s anti-LWE force — personnel were airlifted to the Apollo Hospital, on the outskirts of Ranchi, for treatment. Three are reported to be critical. Police claimed the Maoists released the four persons after pressure was mounted on them.
“They were being held six-seven kilometres away from where they were kidnapped. It was near the spot near where the landmines went off. There was firing after the blasts. All this created pressure on them, and they were forced to release the four,” said DGP Rajeev Kumar.