A Superintendent of Police and four other policemen were killed in an ambush by Maoists in Kathikund forest area of Dumka district on Tuesday afternoon.
According to reports,Pakur SP Amarjit Balihar,45,was returning from a meeting with DIG Priya Dubey in Dumka when his vehicle was attacked by Maoists between 2.30 and 3 pm. Preliminary reports indicated that Maoists began firing on the convoy from higher ground. There were no reports of any blasts. Four policemen are reported to have suffered serious injuries.
The others who were killed have been identified as Ashok Srivastav,Manoj Hembrom,Chandan Thapa and Rajiv Sharma. While three were the SPs security guards,one was his driver.
It looks like the Maoists went after a soft target. They have suffered major losses in the past few months. We have a massive operation on in Latehar and have made significant progress in Gumla, said DGP Rajeev Kumar.
The spot where the incident took place is about 55 kilometres from Dumka town… The terrain is so bad,it took almost two hours for the first police team to reach the spot, said DIG (Personnel) Shambhu Thakur.
Balihar,a tribal,was a promotee IPS officer. He was earlier a commandant with the Jharkhand Armed Police-II,before then chief minister Shibu Soren picked him as his security officer in 2009-2010. He took charge of Pakur district on May 17 this year.