Six Jharkhand security personnel – including an Additiinal SP – were injured in two separate incidents on Thursday, two days after 15 of their Chhattisgarh counterparts were killed in a CPI-Maoist ambush.
At least two CRPF personnel were injured in an alleged cross-firing incident in Latehar district in the morning. Four others had to be airlifted to a Ranchi hospital from Chatra district in the afternoon when an IED, they were trying to defuse, went off.
Additional SP (Ops) R S Mishra, constables Kamra Vikram and Satbir Singh of the CRPF’s 134th Battalion and ASI Manoj Toppo of the state police were among the injured. “This happened within Pratappur Police Station, bordering Palamu. They had gone to defuse the IED placed near a bridge after obtaining specific intelligence input,” said Prashant Kumar Karn, Chatra SP.
Mishra, on deputation from the CRPF, reportedly suffered a severe leg injury. His condition is stated to be critical. All four have been airlifted to Ranchi’s Apollo Hospital.
In Latehar, Deputy Commandant Vivek Ojha and Sub Inspector Ashok Kumar Singh of the 214th Battalion suffered bullet injuries when two teams involved in a combing operation came up against each other in Garu Police Station limits at around 9.30 in the morning.
“Our information is that there was a confusion between two parties and that it did not involve the Maoists. It was an accidental firing between two police parties,” said Latehar SP Michael Raj.
The state’s DGP refused to concede that it was a cross-firing incident. “There are doubts, but we should have an inquiry first,” said DGP Rajeev Kumar.
With election dates inching closer, both the police as well as LWE organisations in the state have stepped up activities. Thursday’s incident comes as a setback for police.