Ranchi, June 14: At least five officials of the Jharkhand police have been killed in an attack carried out by left-wing extremists in Saraikela district, close to the industrial region of Jamshedpur, on Friday. Security personnel have launched a search operation to nab the Naxal assailants.
The killing of policemen has come as a major setback for the state's security establishment, which has undertaken a coordinated programme to reduce the operational space for Naxals in the state. IED Blast by Naxals in Seraikela on May 27 Left 11 Security Personnel of CRPF And State Police Injured
Chief Minister Raghubar Das has expressed angst and sorrow over the demise of policemen, saying that their martyrdom would not go in vain.
Tweet by Raghubar Das:
सरायकेला में हुए नक्सली हमले में शहीद जवानों की शहादत को नमन। दुख की इस घड़ी में समस्त झारखण्डवासी शहीदों के परिजनों के साथ हैं। हमारी सरकार नक्सलवाद को करारा जवाब दे रही है, हमारे जवानों की शहादत व्यर्थ नहीं जाएगी।
— Raghubar Das (@dasraghubar) June 14, 2019
The Maoist ambush comes days after a jawan of the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) was killed in an encounter with the insurgents in Jharkhand's Dumka district.
Earlier, on May 1, 15 anti-Maoist commandos and the driver of their bus was killed in an explosion carried out by Maoists using the improvised explosive device (IED).
The Naxal strike was preceded by a similar assault in Chhattisgarh's Bastar during the campaigning of Lok Sabha elections 2019. The attack left 5 people dead, including the BJP MLA from Dantewada, Bheema Mandavi.