Maoists attack police station, blast buildings in Jharkhand (Lead)

August 26th, 2010 - 1:40 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, Aug 26 (IANS) Maoists attacked a police station, torched six trucks, blasted a government building and a political party’s office in two districts of Jharkhand while enforcing their 24-hour strike in parts of the state early Thursday.
“Maoist guerillas attacked Pirtand police station around 1 a.m. in Giridih district, some 210 km from here,” District Superintendent of Police A.V. Homkar told reporters.

“A fierce gun battle ensued with the police which lasted for about four hours. No casualty took place in the gun battle,” he added.

The guerrillas escaped after the gun battle and blasted the office of Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik and a block office situated near the police station.

In another incident, Maoist rebels torched six trucks on the Grand Trunk road in Dhanbad district, 240 km from here.

The Maoists had called a 24-hour strike starting Wednesday midnight in South Chhota-Nagpur region of Jharkhand to protest the arrest of their leaders Mukhtar Ansari and Dasrath Manjhi in Giridih district Wednesday.

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