Cops suspended over attack on minister's home

Cops suspended over attack on minister's home

Four policemen including a head constable were suspended on Saturday in connection with the Maoists’ firing at Lata Usendi, women and child welfare minister’s residence in Kondagaon district, police said.

Kondagaon’s new SP Prashant Agarwal said when Maoists opened fire on May 17, out of the five deputed policemen, only one them, Ratanlal was present on duty at the minister’s house. Head constable Vishwarajsingh Solanki along with three others --Amarnath Nag, Farsuram Markam and Vritnarayan Bhagat -- were suspended for negligence, he said.

Left alone during the attack, Ratanlal was killed after the assailants took away his weapon, Agarwal said. Usendi was not in when three suspected Maoists, riding a motorcycle, fired at it on Thursday.

Some relatives of the minister were in the house during the incident but they were unharmed. Following the incident, the Chhattisgarh government immediately removed Kondagaon SP Deepak Jha and replaced him with Commandant Prashant Agarwal from the State Armed Forces (fifth battalion).

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