In one of the biggest Naxal attacks in recent times in Bihar,at least eight policemen were killed at Kaukakol in Nawada on Monday. Unofficial reports put the death toll at 12.
The incident took place at around 1.30 pm at Mahuliatand village when over 100 suspected activists of the outlawed CPI (Maoists) attacked policemen on patrol duty.
Eight policemen,who were on their way to Mahuliatand village from Kaukol police station to take part in a village function,were killed in the landmine blasts.
Among those who died was Kaukol police station in-charge Rameshwar Ram. According to a villager,Suraj Kumar,they were preparing to felicitate Ram,a Dalit,on the occasion of Ravidas Jayanti when the news of the blast came. The ultras,hiding in the hilly terrain of Kaukol,reportedly put landmines on way to the village.
Kaukol,which falls on the border of Jamui,Nawada and Giridih,is a highly Naxal-prone area.
Additional Director General of Police (Headquarters) Neelmani said that there was retaliatory firing from the police side,but its not known if any of the Naxals was injured in the attack. Among those killed were jawans of the Special Auxiliary Police (SAP),he said,adding that reinforcements had been sent to the spot from the adjoining Jamui district.
Police are finding it difficult to get information with most officers out in the field. DIG (Magadh Range) Pravin Vashisht,IG (Central Range) Sunil Kumar,Additional Director General (Law and Order) V Narayanan and Nawada Police Superintendent Nishant Tiwari have rushed to the spot with reinforcements from the special task force.