Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Maoists attack court premises, free 'commander'

LAKHISARAI (BIHAR): A senior government official and two security personnel were injured when armed Maoists attacked the civil court premises and
freed their 'commander' Babulal Besra here during their two-day bandh called to protest police action in Lalgarh. Over 50 ultras, armed with sophisticated weapons, raided the court premises, broke open the lock-up and freed Besra, who hails from Giridih in Jharkhand, district magistrate P K Jha said. They later attacked a police posse that tried to block their way and looted a carbine and two rifles from the policemen, who were outnumbered by the Maoist guerrillas, before escaping, he said. Deputy development commissioner (Lakhisarai) Rajiv Ranjan sustained minor injuries when chunks of wood flying from the smashed window of his room hit him, the DM said. Two constables, who suffered splinter injuries, were rushed to the government hospital here for treatment, Jha said. Meanwhile, the Maoists also blasted a tower of a private telephone service provider in Gaya and a community centre in Aurangabad.

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