Landmine blast kills three in West Bengal

October 22nd, 2008 - 7:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Kolkata, Oct 22 (IANS) Three people, including a doctor and a nurse, were killed in a landmine explosion Wednesday in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district, police said.The blast took place near a forested area of Belpahari village, about 250 km from here.

“Three people - doctor Dhaniram Mandi, nurse Bharati Majhi and medical van driver Bapi Mishra - were killed when their vehicle was blown up in a landmine blast around 3 p.m. Wednesday near Belpahari village,” Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia told reporters here.

“The only survivor of the blast, a nurse, is in critical condition,” he added.

“It seems that the blast was planned and executed by the Maoists. But we have to complete our investigation before arriving at a definite conclusion. No one has been arrested so far,” he said.

According to a police source, the medical van, with a doctor and two nurses, was going to Belpahari Health Centre from the adjoining Kishori village.

“Mandi and Majhi were residents of Belpahari, while Mishra was a resident of Puruliya town,” the police source said.

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