Saraikela (Jharkhand): Five policemen have been shot dead here. While more details are awaited, some reports suggest that the policemen were attacked by Naxals.

A leading portal has reported that the attack took place when the policemen were patrolling a market in Saraikela district, about 60 kilometres from Jamshedpur.

Two Naxals also looted the weapons the policemen were carrying. The site is reported to be near the West Bengal-Jharkhand border.

Later, Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das said, “It’s a very sad incident. I’m very distraught. Naxals think they can demotivate our jawans through such incidents but our jawans’ morale is high. Jharkhand government and people are with the bereaved families, at this hour.”

He added, “I assure everyone that our jawans will definitely achieve our aim of a ‘Naxal free Jharkhand’. DGP & CRPF IG will visit the spot tomorrow (Saturday), I have asked for a detailed report from the DGP.”

Earlier this month, a soldier was killed and four others were injured in an encounter with the Naxals in the forests of Taldangal in Dumka district.

Only last month, at least 11 security personnel, including eight Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) men, were injured in an Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) blast in Kuchai area of Saraikella days after the Lok Sabha elections. One of the personnel later succumbed to his injuries.

Police then said that the IEDs had been installed by Naxals to hamper the election process.