Maoists shoot dead 2 policemen,loot their arms

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Midnapore, Apr 30 (UNI) Two policemen guarding a bank at Jhargram were shot dead by Maoists today who escaped with their arms.

SDO Jhargram Sabuj Baran Sarkar told reporters that four ultras--two boys and two girls--came to the State Bank of India building at Dohijuri near Jhargram at around 1430 hours posing as customers.

''While the girls stayed behind, the boys went up to the bank at the first floor. When the guards tried to stop them the rebels shot them dead with AK47 rifles,'' Mr Sarkar said.

The cadres fled towards neighbouring Jharkhand after looting the dead policemen's arms.

The bodies had been sent for post mortem, he said.

A large police contingent had been posted in the area as tension prevailed.

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