At least four Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were injured when Maoists blew up a series of improved explosive devices (IEDs) in a village under Topchanchi police station area of Dhanbad on Saturday.
The police said that efforts to rescue the jawans, who have sustained serious limb injuries, were going on. The forces have controlled the situation in the area, they added.
According to the police, a joint team of the CRPF and district police had initiated anti-naxal operations in Bodra village on the border of Dhanbad and Giridih districts Saturday morning. The jawans were on motorcycles, combing the area.
“Around 11:30 am the IEDs, which were around 40 in series, were triggered. Two constables each on two motorcycles have sustained injuries. They are reported to have sustained serious injuries in their legs and are bleeding. Helicopters have been rushed to the spot to evacuate them to hospital,” said Additional Director General (Operations) and Jharkhand police spokesperson S N Pradhan.
The police added that a team of around 25 motorcycle-borne personnel were combing the area in Bodra village of Topchachi. “The IED triggered between the two motorcycles, on which the injured jawans were riding. Another blast occurred much behind them. The IEDs were put in a series,” said Pradhan.
The village, Bodra, is located on the border of Dhanbad and Giridih. “On one side is Topchachi police station of Dhanbad and on the other side is Parasnath police station of Giridih,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dhanbad Senior Superintendent of Police Surendra Jha has rushed to the spot. Efforts were on to rescue the jawans at the earliest, the police said.