Incident Summary:

04/20/2004: Suspected Maoist Communist Center guerrillas injured several policemen and killed magistrate Ajay Kumar who was on duty at a polling station in Dhanbad, India. The incident was one of several attacks against polling stations in India on April 20, 2004. No group claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Facility/Infrastructure Attack
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Indian Polling Station
Specific Description An Indian Polling Station in Dhanbad
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 This was one of five related attacks (cf. 200404200003-07). Sources alluded to several other attacks, but detailed information was not provided for these incidents.
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 1 Fatalities
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Twenty Killed as Militants, Maoists Disrupt Voting in Kashmir, Other States,” Hindustan Times, April 21, 2004.
“One Killed, Three Injured in Kashmir Blast as Voting Gets Under Way,” Agence France Presse, April 20, 2004.