October 24, 2008

Maoists grafted landmine kills 3 of a medical team

Midnapore,22 October,2008: Three people were killed in multiple landmines triggered by suspected Maoists in West Midnapore district of West Bengal. Maoists are suspected to be involved according to Inspector General of Police (Law and Order), Raj Kanojia. The blast occurred at 2:30 pm on Wednesday afternoon at Belpahari when a medical van was targeted.
The doctor in-charge of the Belpahari primary health centre, Dhaniram Mandi and a nurse, Bharati Majhi were driving to a primary health centre at Chawkisole village under the Belpahari police station, near the Jharkhand border when the landmines exploded, Home Secretary Asok Mohan Chakraborty told reporters. The doctor and nurse were returning from an anti-polio drive when their van hit a landmine. The van was making its way back from that pulse polio workshop. All three were killed in the blast and the vehicle was detroyed.
PTI reports that according to a report from the district, villagers said they had informed the police in the morning that the wires were lying on the road and that landmines could have been planted, but no action was taken. District police are investigating the case. Senior police officials were at the spot. Police also add that they suspect more attacks by naxals.

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