CoBRA Jawan Injured In IED Blast Triggered By CPI (Maoist) Cadres In West Singhbhum District

West Singhbhum District, January 20, 2023: A jawan of the CoBRA battalion on Friday suffered serious injuries in an IED blast, suspected to have been triggered by cadres of the CPI (Maoist), in a forest in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district, a senior police officer said.

The injured jawan was immediately airlifted to a hospital in Ranchi, he said.

Acting on inputs of Maoist movement, security personnel, including jawans of the CoBRA battalion and the Jharkhand Jaguar, along with policemen, were carrying out a combing operation in Tumbahaka forest, when the explosive went off, injuring one of them, Superintendent of Police Ashutosh Shekhar said.

It was the third such IED explosion in the forest in the past 15 days.

According to the SP, the police had information about the presence of leading Maoist cadres in the area, including Misir Besra alias Sagar da, Patiram Manjhi alias Ramesh Da alias Anal da and Asim Mandal alias Manoj da alias Akash da, and had accordingly launched an operation to apprehend them.

The operation was held in the lead up to the of 24-hour Jharkhand bandh called by the Maoist party for January 22, in protest against the recent arrest of Krishna Hansda, a Jharkhand Regional Committee member of the CPI (Maoist), from Giridih district, he added.

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