Four injured BSF jawans hospitalised in Kolkata

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Kolkata, May 12 (UNI) Four Border Security Force personnel, seriously injured in yesterday's landmine attack by the Maoists at Bandwan in Purulia district, were today admitted to a hospital in Kolkata.

Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia said the fifth critically injured BSF jawan was in a Bokaro hospital.

'' The four have been flown to Kolkata by a helicopter and admitted to a hospital for better treatment, '' he told reporters.

Mr Kanojia said the landmine blast in which one BSF person was killed and five were wounded, was the handiwork of Maoists from Jharkhand.

They sneaked into West Bengal from the bordering state and carried out the operation as a convoy of BSF jawans was on the move in the extremist-dominated area, he said.

One BSF jawan was killed and nine were injured, five of them critically, in a landmine blast by the Maoists near Bandowan in Purulia last evening.

The landmine, planted by the Maoists, went off at around 1830 hours when a vehicle carrying the BSF jawans accompanying polling personnel was heading towards Maoist-dominated Bandowan from Gangarampur.

Though the vehicle of the polling personnel had a narrow escape, the vehicle carrying BSF jawans, however, could not avert the landmine.

While one BSF personnel died on the spot, nine sustained injuries and were rushed to Primary Health Centre, where the condition of five was stated to be critical.


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