policemen killed in Chhattisgarh Maoist attacks
The two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed Sunday
in a gun battle with Maoists at Koilibera area in Kanker district,
some 250 km south of Rapiur, when a search squad of the BSF came
The coffins of three Chhattisgarh policemen killed in a Maoist
landmine blast Sunday night in Dantewada were transported in a
municipality garbage collection vehicle for the guard of honour
ceremony, the state's police chief admitted Tuesday.
"No ambulance was available at the time... it was the only
municipality vehicle available," Director General of Police (DGP)
Vishwa Ranjan told IANS.
He said the mini-truck was washed and cleaned before the coffins
were placed on it.
The bodies of Laxman Bhagat, Aslan Ekka and Bhushan Mandwai were
brought to district headquarters Dantewada town from the blast
site in Kirandul, some 40 km away, Monday. The bodies were then
dispatched to the policemen's respective native villages.
Dantewada's Superintendent of Police Ankit Garg admitted that it
was a municipality vehicle, but hesitated to elaborate.
When asked whether it was a garbage vehicle, he said after a long
silence: "I don't know what kind of vehicle it was, but it was a
Dantewada-based journalist Vinod Singh said several ambulances are
available in Kirandul and its nearby town Bacheli. The two towns,
which have several hospitals, markets and residential colonies for
employees of state-run mining company NMDC, are separated by a
10-km hilly road.
"No one made any effort to bring an ambulance. A constable who was
asked to dispatch the bodies for the guard of honour, phoned the
Kirandul Nagar Palika to send a vehicle," Singh told IANS.
The three policemen were killed just four km away from Kirandul
police station, more than 420 km south of state capital Raipur.
They were part of a seven-member police team which was travelling
in a Bolero jeep that ran over a landmine planted by Maoists.
Another policeman succumbed to injuries later.
Chhattisgarh's sprawling 40,000 square km Bastar region,
comprising five districts, has been a Maoist hotbed since the late