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Updated: October 23, 2010 00:52 IST

Landmine blast ahead of Bihar phase-II polls, 5 policemen killed

Shoumojit Banerjee
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Election-bound Bihar came under a Naxal attack on Friday night, when four State Auxiliary Police (SAP) jawans and a police inspector were killed in a landmine explosion in Sheohar district.

The attack comes barely 48 hours ahead of the second phase of the Assembly elections. Sheohar district goes to the polls on October 24.

The landmine went off near the Chitkahi police station, destroying a jeep and killing the Station Head Officer of Shyampur Bhitta and the four jawans,

Another injured SAP jawan was rushed to hospital.

(PTI, quoting Additional Director-General of Police P.K. Thakur, said the incident took place when the team was returning after a visit to a nearby camp of the Central Reserve Police Force).

Combing raids under way

Operations are on in full force with CRPF personnel and the State Task Force carrying intensive combing raids in the region.

Director-General of Police Neelmani said the deceased would get Rs. 10 lakh as ex gratia and an insurance cover of Rs. 13.75 lakh within 10 days.

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