BeyondHeadlines News Desk
New Delhi: Suspected Maoists targeted a police party near the Chhattisgarh-Orissa border late on Monday night, killing nine policemen, including the additional superintendent of Gariabandh District in Chhattisgarh. Their bodies have been found and a hunt is on for a missing policeman.
The incident took place in Amamora village in Mahasamad District of Chattisgarh. The police were conducting a search operation in the village when they were ambushed.
“The police team led by ASP Rajesh Pawar had gone to meet the informers. But their vehicle developed snag following which they boarded a tractor to return. On the way, the Maoists ambushed the police party. One policeman is still missing,” director general of police Vishwa Ranjan said.
After contact with the team was lost, the Chhattisgarh Police rushed a big team of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Special Task Force (STF) to the area. As the site of the attack was closer to Orissa, the police in the neighbouring state was alerted and requested to send a team to the spot.
A police team was sent on foot to the attack site situated in thick jungles. The police teams, which reached the spot, informed about the attack.
The bodies of the policemen killed in the attack are being brought to Gariabandh.