Incident Summary:

02/10/2003: At around 5PM local time, extremists from the Maoist Communist Center (MCC) ambushed a police convoy of four vehicles near Amjharia Valley, on the Ranchi-Palamau Road. Five Central Reserve Police Force (CRFP) soldiers were killed and two more injured. This incident is linked to an incident on 11AM on 02/10/2003 when MCC elements attacked the Chandawa police station, also in Latehar District.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
In Amjharia Valley on the Ranchi-Palamau road

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Central Reserve Police Force of India
Specific Description Police convoy on the Ranchi-Palamau Road, Latehar District, Jharkhand State
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Additional Information The police convoy was reportedly reinforcing the Chandawa police station, which came under attack earlier on 02/10/2003. Please see (cf. 200302100005).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Maoist Communist Center (MCC) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 5 Fatalities / 2 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 5
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities Unknown
Total Number of Injured 2
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured Unknown
"Six police killed in rebel-led ambushes in east India," AFP, February 10, 2003.
All India Radio Home News Service, "India: banned Maoist Communist Center kills 4 CRFP soldiers, loot arms in Bihar," All India Radio Home News Service, February 11, 2003.
"STF Fails to Take Off, Another Ambush Rattles Marandi," Indian Express, February 11, 2003.