30 policemen killed in Maoist attack

Rajnandgaon SP among victims

Naxalites unleash landmine blasts in three places

CRPF rushes 600 of its men to the site of attacks

Raipur: Thirty police personnel including a Superintendent of Police were killed on Sunday in ambushes and landmine attacks by Maoists in three separate incidents in Rajnandgaon in a fresh wave of violence in Chhattisgarh.

In one of the worst Maoist attacks in the State, Rajnandgaon SP Vinod Kumar Choubey was killed when he was leading police reinforcements for Madanwada, where the naxals had killed two policemen in the morning, after being ambushed between Khoregaon and Karkoti villages, according to the Deputy Inspector General of Police (Naxal) Pawan Dev. Rajnandgaon is about 90 km from Raipur.

The Maoist-triggered violence which has already claimed 148 lives in Chhattisgarh this year occurred at Madanwada, Khoregaon and Sitagaon under Manpur police station. After the SP’s team was ambushed, there was intense firing and in the gun-battle Mr. Choubey and 23 other policemen lost their lives, Mr. Dev said.

In a separate attack, the naxalites set off landmines and ambushed another team of policemen which had left Sitagaon for Madanwada after getting news of the morning’s attack in Madagaon. Four policemen were killed in this incident, the DIG said.

The Central Reserve Police Force rushed 600 of its men to the site of attacks.

The troops, belonging to Rajnandgaon-based 188th battalion of the force and equipped with mine detection kits and rescue equipment, were rushed to the spot to start combing operations against the banned Maoists militants.