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Maoists daring attack to free jailed comrades kills four, escape with all eight colleagues

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Maoists daring attack to free jailed comrades kills four, escape with all eight colleagues
Clean Media Correspondent

Ranchi, Nov 09 (CMC) Naxals attacked a prison van and killed four people and injured six policemen, in Jharkhand's Giridih district on Friday to facilitate the escape of eight jailed Maoists. The dead include three policemen and an undertrial.

The attack came when the prison van carrying 32 prisoners, eight of them Maoists, was returning from a local court to Giridih jail.

"The vehicle hit a wall under the hail of fire from the Maoists with four policemen and a prisoner killed in the attack," DGP GS Rath said. Rath added that there were 32 prisoners in all, eight of them being Maoists .

"A group of around 25 Maoists, including women cadres, blocked the road with a truck at Udna More and fired on the transit van ferrying prisoners, including Maoists, back to jail from court, and the escorting police car,"  Rath said.

"All the eight Maoists fled. One of the remaining 24 prisoners died, one was injured while two returned to jail on their own," Rath said.

According to jail superintendent A Choudhary, the eight Maoists who escaped were Baijanth Tiwari, Ramesh Mandal, Mithilesh Mandal, Nimchand Mahto, Sahdeo Soren, Bipin Mandal, Chotka Marandi and Panstosh Hembram.

"Two prisoners, Ramesh Sao and Sanjay Verma returned to the jail on their own," he said.

The six injured policemen, including a woman constable, were hospitalised.

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