Chandan Sinha, the district police chief said the attackers were on two motorcycles and opened fire at the policemen who were on patrol. “We have reached the spot and brought in additional forces. The looting of arms and weapons indicate that it is handiwork of Maoists, we are trying to ascertain the Maoist squad involved in the gruesome killings,” Sinha, Seraikela-Kharsawan superintendent of police (SP), said.
Chief Minister Raghubar Das condemned the attack and said, symbolizes desperation on part of Maoists who are on verge of being wiped out from the state.
“The government is firmly with the family of the policemen killed in the incident. This is an act of desperation and the government would continue with its firm action against the banned organization,” CM added.
Earlier on May 28, nearly 26 security personnel of central police force and state police were injured after Maoists triggered a series of IED blasts early morning in Rai Sindri hills under Kuchai police station limits of the district. There have been series of encounters in Sonua in West Singhbhum and Kuchai in Searikela-Kharsawan district since last year.
The martyrs include two Assistant Sub-inspectors and three Constables. District Superintendent of Police of Saraikela Kharsawan has said that this could be an act of Naxals.