Ranchi : In a major strike, a superintendent of police and five policemen were killed on Tuesday after Maoists ambushed and opened indiscriminate fire on their convoy.
The SP and other police officials were returning after attending an official meeting called by the deputy inspector general of police of Dumka range. The convoy came under heavy fire while passing through the Dumka district of Jharkhand, Rajiv Kumra, Director General of Police said. According to Kumar, the venue of the meeting was around 350 km from Ranchi.
Around 40 to 50 guerrillas triggered a land mine and later fired randomly at the police convoy in a classic Maoist style. Balihar, a 2003 Indian Police Service batch officer, died instantly. Three other policemen were injured in the well-planned and audacious attack.
This was Balihar’s first posting as superintendent in any district. He had taken charge in May earlier in 2013. According to police sources, Balihar is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.
Director general Kumar rushed to Dumka by helicopter to take stock of the situation. Two companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been sent to Dumka. Police said a massive combing operation had been launched in an attempt to catch the Maoists.
Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmad and political parties condemned the attack and expressed their condolences to the affected families.
Police sources say the Maoists had been trying to execute a major operation like the one in Chhattisgarh in which many Congress leaders were killed.