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Bomb blasts triggered by the CPI-Maoist- 2008

December 14: A 250-strong group of Maoists looted and then blew up the ancestral house of Satyanand Bhotka, a former minister and a legislator from Chatra, in Kari village of the Hazaribag District of Jharkhand. Armed Maoists entered the village and confronted Bigan Ganjhu, a cousin of Bhokta, outside their ancestral house. They assaulted Ganjhu and forced him to call out his family members, asking them to open the door. After rendering the family hostage, Maoists looted clothes, cash and ornaments and later planted bombs in the house.

December 11: A trooper of the India Reserve Battalion (IRB) was injured in a landmine blast at the Dangasorada Police outpost in Rayagada District of Orissa. A 200-strong militia of the CPI-Maoist attacked the outpost under Muniguda Police station, 100 kilometres from District headquarters Rayagada, in the night of December 10. The Policeman, who rushed to the spot from Muniguda next morning, stepped on the landmine planted by the Maoists.

A landmine exploded near Pandrakhal in Orissa on Dangasorada-Chandrapur road at a spot where Maoists had blocked the road by felling trees. No one was injured in the blast.

November 29: About 50 cadres of the CPI-Maoist triggered an explosion targeting a school building at Panki in the Palamau District of Jharkhand. The Palamau Superintendent of Police Deepak Verma confirmed the attack and said the police personnel were camping inside the school premises about three days ago. "The main gate and windows of the school were damaged in the incident. There is no information of any deaths yet," he added.

November 25: Seven Policemen were killed when suspected cadres of the CPI-Maoist blew up a bridge near Mardapal, about 100 kilometres from the District headquarter Jagdalpur in Bastar District of Chhattisgarh. A contingent of over 150 Policemen carrying Electronic Voting Machines were trekking their way back to Jagdalpur when the Maoists blew up the 30 metre-long bridge. The Policemen were walking in a single file maintaining safe distance from each other, said Additional Deputy General of Police Giridhari Nayak, adding, "that was the reason why there were fewer casualties." Two more SF personnel were injured. The SF personnel were reportedly returning from election duty at polling booths in Tumdibala, Kudhur and Nahakanar in Narayanpur assembly constituency where re-polling was held on November 24.

November 24: A Policeman, Tikeshwar Sandilya, was killed and another injured in a landmine blast triggered by cadres of the CPI-Maoist during the re-polling near Bintaghati in the Bastar District of Chhattisgarh.

November 16: Four members of a family were shot dead by a group of armed cadres of the CPI-Maoist at Kohbarba Rasulpur village in the East Champaran District of Bihar. According to Bihar Police sources, "armed Maoists first surrounded the village, attacked the house of an affluent farmer, and exploded it with dynamites. Later, they set ablaze a tractor and motorcycles. They killed four people." As reported earlier, the CPI-Maoist had killed three farmers at Maheshwari village in the Jamui District.

November 14: Two SPO and District police personnel were injured in a landmine blast near Gorkha in the Dantewada District of Chhattisgarh. One CRPF personnel was also wounded in another blast near Chintalnar in the same District.

A person was injured when a crude bomb exploded near Chandrapura railway junction in Bokaro District of Jharkhand.

November 2: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres belonging to the outfitís Koraput dalam, numbering about 20, blasted two tractors, two sheds and some machinery of a contractor executing the Adarigedda minor irrigation project in Parvathipuram division of Vizianagaram District in Andhra Pradesh around 11 pm. A letter left behind by the Maoists said that they were protesting against the injustice meted out to tribals displaced by the project.

West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Union Steel Minister Ram Vilas Pawan had a narrow escape when a powerful IED, suspected to be planted by the left-wing extremists went off moments near a culvert on the Salboni-Medinipur road after their convoys passed through Kalaichandi in West Medinipur District. The explosive device was attached to a wire that stretched nearly two km across an adjoining paddy field. The blast damaged a pilot vehicle, which was following the convoy. Six police personnel in the pilot vehicle were injured, two of them seriously. The leaders were returning from Salboni after attending the foundation laying ceremony of Jindal Steel Worksí mega steel plant. Police suspect CPI-Maoist to be behind the incident.

October 31: 17 SF personnel of the Chhattisgarh Armed Force and District police were injured in a powerful landmine blast triggered by the CPI-Maoist cadres near Gudumkodo village in the Narayanpur District of the southern Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. Police sources said that the nature of the injury was minor. Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) A N Upadhyaya said the SF personnel were returning from Benur after night patrolling to the District headquarters at Narayanpur when the Maoists made an attempt to blow up their vehicle. The blast missed the target, as the explosion took place 10 feet away from the vehicle. He added that the SF personnel have been admitted to the District hospital.

October 23: Two persons were arrested in connection with the explosion in West Bengal. West Midnapore District Police Superintendent Rajesh Singh told "We have arrested two suspects from the Jharkhand border, about 2 km from the explosion site near the forested area of Belpahari village." He added, "They are not directly involved with the blast but have connections with Maoists, who are responsible for the explosion."

October 22: Three persons, including a doctor of the West Bengal Health Department, were killed in a landmine blast set off by suspected CPI-Maoist in the West Midnapore District. The health department team was returning to Belpahari after conducting a health camp in a remote area. State Home Secretary Asoke Mohan Chakrabarti said four landmines exploded at Chaukisol, about two kilometres from Jharkhand border. Dhoni Ram Mandi, a doctor, Bharati Maji, a nurse, and Bapi Mishir, the driver of the vehicle, were killed on the spot. Villagers claimed that they had informed the police in the morning that "wires were lying on the road and that a landmine could have been planted, but no action was taken.

CPI-Maoist cadres blew up the mobile tower of a private telecom company at Mungia village in the Aurangabad District of Bihar. Police sources said that a group of 100 Maoists used a landmine to blow up the tower and also assaulted the security guard manning the tower.

October 20: 12 Para-military personnel belonging to the CRPF were killed and six others injured in an ambush by the CPI-Maoist extremists near a forest village between Modupal and Kompalli in the Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh. Bijapur SP Ankit Garg said the incident took place around 1.30 pm when CRPF men patrolling the area were moving towards the Modupal base camp. They were attacked by large number of Maoists who first set off an explosion and then opened fire. Police sources said three security personnel were killed in the blast while nine others were killed in the firing that followed. A Maoist was killed when the CRPF personnel returned fire. Maoists also escaped with weapons of the dead and injured personnel, including an Ak-47 assault rifle, two SLRs, a light machine gun and INSAS rifles.

October 15: The Giridih District police and para-military CRPF personnel seized huge quantities of explosives from the Parasnath hills of Jharkhand. The recoveries include 50 bundles of Codex wire, 5,450 detonators and 750 quintals gelatine on the basis of information from two of the Maoists, Manir Ansari and Badruddin Ansari, arrested on October 14 from the same area. Pirtand officer-in-charge H.E. Siddiqui said, "Codex wire has been recovered for the first time in Jharkhand. It is a lethal explosive because it cannot be spotted by a metal detector and can cause a blast even inside water." "Only a knot in the wire can make it work like a bomb, only a single knot could cause a blast up to of 720 metres and could blow up a vehicle 20-feet high. So far, these explosive have been used only by forces in wars," he added.

October 3: CPI-Maoist blew up the control room of a mobile phone tower in Palamau District of Jharkhand. Police sources said that a group of 20-30 Maoists surrounded the control room of the mobile operator Reliance India and asked the employees to vacate it. Subsequently, detonators were used to blast the control room. They also set a generator on fire.

October 2: CPI-Maoist cadres detonated explosions targeting two towers of Cellular Phone Service Operators at Erauri and Ketki areas of in Aurangabad District of Bihar. Superintendent of police Ganesh Kumar told over 75 armed Maoists detonated cane and petrol bombs to blow up one tower each of Reliance and Airtel at both the places. Fifteen villagers were injured in clash with the Maoists when they resisted their attempt to blow up the towers.

September 29: Four CRPF personnel including a deputy commandant were killed in a landmine explosion on a road leading to Chitrakoot in the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh. The blast is suspected to have been triggered by the CPI-Maoist. Official sources said that the blast took place when two jeeps of a road opening party carrying 12 CRPF personnel were heading towards Chitrakoot. While Diwakar Mahapatra, a deputy commandant of the CRPF, and the driver of the vehicle died on the spot, two of the injured personnel succumbed to injuries in the government hospital in Bastar. The condition of the three others was reported to be critical. President Pratibha Patil was visiting the Bastar region at the time of the incident.

September 28: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a school building in the Palamau District of Jharkhand. Police sources said that a group of 20 to 30 Maoists surrounded a middle school in the Manatu block, around 190 kilometres from State capital Ranchi and blasted the building using detonators. No person has been injured in the blast. The school building was used by the security force personnel while launching combing operations against the Maoists.

Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blasted two towers of Reliance Communications at Bishunpur and Manjhaulia villages in the Gaya District of Bihar. Another communication tower belonging to Airtel was also blasted at Chaugain village under Roshanganj police station limits in the same District.

September 24: A Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) trooper was killed and three others were injured in an ambush by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in the Rohtas District of Bihar. The Maoists exploded a landmine near Koriarighat in Kaimur Hills when the SAP contingent comprising ex-servicemen was returning after an encounter with the Maoists. The blast badly damaged the vehicle carrying the personnel. Before the security personnel could take position, the Maoists opened fire on the security forces killing constable Kanhaiya Singh on the spot.

August 31: Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren invited the CPI-Maoist for talks. Speaking to the press, after paying homage to 11 policemen killed in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists in East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand on August 30, the Chief Minister said, "I want an end to the bloodbath and the government is ready for talks. If the Maoists have any grievance against the system they should come forward for talks. The government will talk with them even if they want to come via any agency of their choice."

August 30: 12 police personnel were killed when the vehicle they were travelling in was blown up in a landmine blast in the East Singhbhum District of Jharkhand. Deputy Superintendent of Police Madhusudan Bari told that the policemen led by sub-inspector Ravi Kant, in-charge of the Digha police picket, were on a long range patrol when the landmine planted by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres exploded near Burudih dam. All the 12 occupants of the vehicle died on the spot.

August 29: Six CRPF personnel, including an inspector identified as R S Kang, were killed in a landmine explosion triggered by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres in the Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred on a state highway when the CRPF team was proceeding on an anti-Maoist operation from Konda to Narayanpur at around 11 AM, CRPF spokesman Ajay Chaturvedi said. The vehicle carrying the team was blown up in the explosion.

August 18: Maoists blew up a petrol pump building and set fire to four vehicles in Chatrapur police station of Palamau District of Jharkhand. Police sources said that a group of 20 to 25 Maoists surrounded the petrol pump, evacuated the building, blasted it and damaged the fuel refilling machines. The Maoist rebels then burnt four vehicles parked near the petrol pump. They also set a crusher machine on fire.

August 13: A Member of the Parliament (MP) from the Bastar region of Chhattisgarh, belonging to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Baliram Kashyap, escaped a landmine attack triggered by the CPI-Maoist, Police sources told. Giridhari Nayak, the Additional Director General of Police, said, "Insurgents exploded a landmine to hit Kashyap's vehicle in a forested stretch of Narayanpur District but he escaped unhurt while the blast hit a jeep following his convoy." A policeman and an assistant sub-inspector were injured in the attack while the rear portion of the jeep was severely damaged.

August 6: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up the block office building at Dandai in Garwah District of Jharkhand. Police sources said that a group of Maoists assembled near the vacated building and blasted it with explosives. The extent of the damage to the building however, is not yet known due to the remote location of the office.

July 16: CPI-Maoist cadres killed 17 personnel of the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the Orissa Police in a landmine blast in the Malkangiri District of Orissa. The blast occurred at 4 pm (IST) in the MV-126 area when an anti-landmine van carrying the police team was returning to the District headquarters town of Malkangiri. The personnel had gone to MPV-41 village, where a contractorís house was attacked by Maoists on July 15-night. A majority of the SOG personnel were in the anti-landmine vehicle and the remaining were on motorcycles. Soon after the blast, the Maoists, hiding in the nearby forest, opened fire on the policemen.

July 11: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up railway tracks and a portion of the Government complex housing the office of the Block Development Officer (BDO) in Bihar's Jamui District. Maoists triggered explosions destroying the track between Narganjo and Ghorparan stations under the Eastern Railway disrupting movement of trains on the Patna-Howrah route. They also exploded a bomb on the track near Ghoghi-Bariarpur village in the Munger District damaging the line and disrupting railway traffic. Another explosive planted on the track did not explode and was defused. Separately, Maoists attacked a Government complex at Lakshmipur in the Jamui District housing the offices of the BDO, Circle Officer and the local police station around the same time. However, resistance put up by the police made the Maoists retreat after blasting a portion of the BDOís office. The Maoists had called for a 24-hour bandh in five East Bihar Districts - Jamui, Munger, Bhagalpur, Lakhisarai and Banka - to protest the arrest and alleged custodial torture of an Ďarea commander' of the outfit, Kamlesh alias Deepak, on July 6.

July 5: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a government office in Biharís East Champaran District. No casualties were reported in the incident that took place at Chitriya block office near District headquarter Motihari. An unidentified Police official said, "The Maoist rebels first attacked the office and later blew it up to create panic among local administrative officials and villagers."

July 2: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up rail tracks in the Saran and Muzaffarpur Districts of Bihar during their 24-hour general strike called across the country. The line between Badagopal and Avtar Nagar stations under Sonepur division of East Central Railway was damaged around 6.30 am (IST), affecting train services on the Delhi-Guwahati route, railway sources said. The Maoists also planted a bomb on the track which did not explode and was later defused. Railway sources said the engine of the Muzaffarpur-Narkatiaganj passenger train was derailed after the Maoists blew up a two-metre portion of the tracks between Mehsi and Mahwal stations in the Muzaffarpur District. No casualty was reported in these incidents.

An exchange of fire between the Maoists and Police personnel was reported from at Muchadih in Giridih District of Jharkhand. Maoists blew up a community building at Pipra village in the Palamau District. No one was injured in the incident.

July 1: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up house of a suspected police informer and abducted his brother in the Gaya District of Bihar. According to the report, nearly 100 Maoists used dynamites to blow up the house of one Shivbachan Yadav and abducted his brother Bindeshwar Yadav as Shivbachan was not present there at the time of attack. The Maoists also looted valuables worth over INR 100,000.

June 30: A Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and four constables were killed in a landmine blast triggered by suspected CPI-Maoist cadres at Pundigiri village in the Bundu area, 50-kilometres from Jharkhand capital Ranchi. While the DSP and two constables were killed on the spot, two others succumbed to injuries when they were being shifted to the hospital. Another critically injured police personnel was admitted to the hospital. The police personnel were returning to the headquarters after conducting raids in the Bundu area. Jharkhand police Deputy Inspector General (DIG) RK Mallik said, "The Maoists had planted a landmine on the return route of the police party and set it off when the vehicle passed through that point."

June 25: Three Policemen were killed in a CPI-Maoist ambush in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh on June 25. Those killed included two Chhattisgarh Armed Forces' men and another from the District force of the state police. "Heavily armed insurgents, who were waiting on a hilly point in Narayanpur District, triggered a blast and then opened indiscriminate firing Wednesday night that killed three cops," Pawan Deo, Deputy Inspector General of Police. The Maoists also took away the weapons of the slain policemen.

June 20: Eight wagons of a goods train were derailed and four severely damaged as Peopleís Liberation Front of India (PLFI) extremists blew up about five feet of railway tracks between two small stations, Pokla and Bakaspur in the Ranchi division of Jharkhand. The PLFI had earlier called for a 12-hour general strike in the area to protect against price rise, corruption and alleged police atrocities on extremists, the impact of which was most noticeable in Gumla, Simdega, Lohardaga, Chatra and Khunti Districts. Long-distance busses remained off the roads and markets were closed in these Districts. State police spokesperson and deputy inspector-general of police Raj Kumar Mallik said that the PLFI had only a marginal presence in some parts of the state and had joined hands with the Jharkhand Liberation Tigers to gain strength.

June 16: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a portion of a road bridge near Tundi between Dhanbad and Giridih, in the Dhanbad District of Jharkhand. Maoists had called for a 24-hour general strike in the North Chottanagpur area in the State in protest against the killing of four of their activists in Hazaribagh last month. The general strike call reportedly evoked no response in Hazaribagh, Giridih and Koderma Districts.

June 8: Three Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel, including a sub-inspector, were killed and two others injured in an attack by the CPI-Maoist cadres in the Durg District of Chhattisgarh. Police sources said that a group of Maoists blew up a jeep of CISF personnel using an IED near Mahamaya mines area under Dallirajehra Police station of the District, leading to the killings and the injuries. The Maoists were reported to have decamped with the arms of the killed and injured personnel.

June 6: CPI-Maoist cadres blasted a high tension 220-KV power supply tower in the forested Bastar region. Security forces who scanned the forests from helicopters located the tower. Hundreds of villages in the Jagdalpur, Bijapur, Dantewada and Narayanpur Districts in the southern Districts of Chhattisgarh have plunged into darkness as a result. A senior police officer said, "It would take at least one week to restore power supply".

June 2: CPI-Maoist cadres triggered explosions targeting railway tracks between the Narganjo and Ghorparan stations in Jamui District of Bihar leading to the derailment of the cargo van of the Poorvanchal Express train, besides bringing to a halt the movement of trains on the Howrah-Delhi route for several hours.

June 1: Maoists blasted two rooms of the Sub-Divisional Officer of the Kharagpur sub-division of Munger District in Bihar with dynamites destroying property and records. They also looted sacks of food-grain from the Food Corporation of India storeroom located in the vicinity.

May 29: A Police constable was killed and three others were injured when the Maoists opened fire on a Police party consisting of anti-Maoist Greyhounds personnel in the Gudem Kotha Veedhi mandal on the Andhra-Orissa border in Visakhapatnam District of Andhra Pradesh. Police said that the Maoists, who triggered a landmine explosion, exchanged fire with the Police party, which was combing the area.

May 27: Maoists detonated explosion targeting the twin rail track on the Jamalpur-Malda section near Masudan station in West Bengal halting traffic for several hours.

May 25: Suspected CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a bomb blast near Tamar in Jharkhand on the National Highway No. 33 between Ranchi and Jamshedpur in an abortive attempt to booby-trap police personnel patrolling the highway. No one was injured in the incident. Police personnel subsequently recovered and defused another explosive device in the area.

May 24: CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a landmine explosion on the last day of their four-day general strike in the Malkangiri District of Orissa against alleged police excesses. Police sources said that no injury was reported in the explosion that occurred at Kosalkkonda on the state highway in Kalimela area. The Maoists also resorted to road blockades in several places in the Malkangiri District in a bid to enforce the strike by digging roads, cutting trees and placing boulders, affecting movement of vehicles and public transport on important routes. Banners and posters put up by the Maoists were found at some places.

May 22: A tribal woman was killed and another injured when a bomb planted by the Maoists exploded in a forested area on Narayanpur-Orchha road in the Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh.

May 15: CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a railway line near Jaimurtinagar railway station on the Sitamarhi-Raxual section in the West Champaran District of Bihar. Armed Maoists detonated dynamites and blew up tracks in a 15 feet stretch near the station.

May 8: Three policemen were killed when the CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a landmine blast and opened fire at a police party near Chhindpal village in the Kanker District of Chhattisgarh. The slain police personnel were identified as platoon commander Sangram Singh, Assistant Sub-Inspector Shayamlal Ambali and Constable Mahulal. Police sources said that the attack by an estimated 150 Maoists occurred when a police party comprising 26 personnel were visiting the site to clear a tree felled by the Maoists to block the road.

May 7: A wireless supervisor of the police was killed and three other police personnel were wounded in an attack by the CPI-Maoist cadres at Holong Ghati near Hazaribagh in Jharkhand. The Hazaribagh District Superintendent of Police told that a vehicle carrying five police personnel from Giridih was attacked by a group of 50 Maoists, who opened fire and lobbed explosives targeting the vehicle, thus, killing the police wireless officer Oliver Purti. Later, the Maoists blocked the Hazaribagh-Dhanbad road via Bishnugarh and Bagodar on National Highway (NH) No. 100 resulting in a traffic jam for six hours on the route.

April 29: CPI-Maoist cadres triggered an explosion damaging an under-construction Government building at Madhuban in the Giridih District of Jharkhand. A group of 20 Maoists reportedly reached the vacant building site and packed it with explosives before triggering the blast. In February 2007, the same building being built for the tourists by the Government had been destroyed by the militants.

April 18: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a petrol station at Kahudag on National Highway-II in the Gaya District of Bihar. According to police sources, over 200 heavily armed Maoists attacked the petrol station, belonging to the former Gaya District board chairman Bindeshwari Prasad Yadav, and abducted its two employees. Later they triggered a dynamite blast, blowing up the pump equipment and the building. Both the employees were released after the blast.

April 17: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a railway track near Nathganj railway station on Gaya-Kodrama rail section in Bihar. The blast affected rail traffic for over six hours. Maoists also abducted six railway staff but released them later.

April 16: The CPI-Maoist cadres blew up a two-metre stretch of railway track between Hazaribagh Road and Parasnath railway stations in the Giridih District of Jharkhand. The blast affected rail traffic in the Grand Chord section of Jharkhand, the main line that connects eastern and northern India.

April 2: 13 security force personnel and a two-and-a-half-year-old girl were injured in a landmine blast triggered by suspected Maoists in the Banasu village in the Hazaribagh District of Jharkhand. The SF personnel were conducting a joint patrolling in the area, about 35-kilometres from the District headquarters.

March 27: A policeman and five personnel of the bomb disposal squad of Chhattisgarh police were injured in a land mine blast triggered by CPI-Maoist near Sendhawadi village in Rajnandgaon District.

March 25: CPI-Maoist cadres triggered a bomb blast at the Gumada Railway station in the Vizianagaram District of Andhra Pradesh. A group of seven Maoists, including three women, planted gelatin sticks at the station after forcing the railway staff on night duty to come out from the station. The signal system was badly damaged due to the blast and traffic between Vizianagaram and Orissa was disrupted following the explosion.

March 24: The District Collector (DC) and Superintendent of Police (SP) of Kanker in the Bastar District of Chhattisgarh escaped unhurt even as two policemen were wounded when Maoists triggered landmine blast targeting their vehicle. The incident occurred when the DC, K. R. Pisda, and SP, Ratan Lal Dangi, were returning to the District headquarters Kanker. Although both the senior officials escaped, the tail vehicle, carrying policemen to provide security to them, were hit by the explosion.

February 18: The Special Task Force shot dead 10 CPI-Maoists inside Adesmetta forest under Gangalur police station in the Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh after they were attacked by the Maoists who used landmines and automatic gunfire.

Three CRPF head constables and an equal number of constables were killed in an encounter with the Maoists in Tadkel hill of Mirtur police station area of Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range), Rajinder Kumar Vij, said. Three Maoists were also killed during the encounter, which began when a group of 60 CRPF personnel on a search mission were attacked by the Maoists with landmine blasts and machinegun fire in the area. "There were about 300 ultras," Vij said. Maoists escaped with the guns of the slain CRPF soldiers, he added.

February 5: Eight Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel escaped unhurt when landmines planted by the cadres of the CPI-Maoist exploded just after their vehicles passed the spot at Jamapani in the Mayurbhanj District of Orissa. The explosion took place soon after the SOG personnel on four motor-cycles travelled along the place where the Maoists had planted the landmines on the hilly road at Gorumahisani, Superintendent of Police Dayal Gangwar said. The insurgents present in the surrounding areas opened fire at the SOG personnel, after which the security men retaliated, triggering a gun battle which continued for over half-an-hour, he added. However, no casualties were reported.

January 30: CPI-Maoist cadres detonated a dynamite destroying a Forest department rest house at Sonarwa village in Kharagpur sub-division of Biharís Munger district. They also set ablaze the furniture in the rest house. No one, however, was injured in the incident as the rest house was lying abandoned.

January 28: Maoists used landmines to blast newly built houses for police officials in the Malkangiri District of Bihar. CPI-Maoist cadres exploded landmines at the empty houses which are part of a jail complex being built in MV 79 village. A district police official said the Maoists ran into a nearby forest after destroying the houses.

January 1: An explosion targeting the Simdega Superintendent of Police, D.B. Sharma, who was rushing with police re-enforcement to the encounter site, and a brief exchange of fire between the police and extremists occurred at Keriaghati in the Simdega district of Jharkhand. However, no casualty was reported in the incident.

A police constable, identified as Sunil Kumar, was killed and three others wounded when armed CPI-Maoist cadres attacked a police outpost at Bansjore in the Simdega District of Jharkhand. "Nearly 500 Maoist rebels surrounded the outpost and hurled petrol bombs before firing indiscriminately around midnight last night. Policemen retaliated and the gunfight lasted till three in the morning," said Sergeant Major J. K. Jha. Police have claimed some fatality on the Maoists side on the basis of bloodstains found at the encounter site. A civilian was also injured in the attack.

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