Incident Summary:

07/03/2003: In Gaya District, Bihar State, India, the Paraiya Police station was attacked by suspected Maoist Communist Center (MCC) guerrillas. The militants stormed the police station firing on the police officers, killing Assistant Sub Inspector Sitaram Singh and Constable Arjun Paswan. The militants locked Suresh Paswan, the officer in charge, in a room and burnt him alive. Three other policemen were injured in the attack. Inspector General Neelmani claimed the militants raided the police station to loot arms.




South Asia

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Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Paraiya Police Station
Specific Description Suresh Paswan
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Minor (likely < $1 million)
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Incendiary Arson/Fire
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Other Crime Type
Additional Information The attackers took the officers' weapons and ammunition according to Inspector General Neelmani.
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 3 Fatalities / 3 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 3
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 3
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Attack,” The Press Trust of India, July 03, 2003.
“Maoists kill three policemen in eastern India,” Agence France Presse, July 03, 2003.
Ajai Singh, “Police, forest guards killed in attacks by communist guerrillas in east India,” Associated Press Worldstream, July 03, 2003.