Incident Summary:

02/01/2010: On Monday, in Puruliya, West Bengal, India, assailants fired upon a police patrol, wounding eight police officers. Three senior police officials, including an additional superintendent of police and a deputy superintendent of police, and five constables were wounded when the ultras attacked them while the police were preparing to raid Kumra village following a tip-off that the left-wing extremists were assembling in the area. When the police arrived, they were reportedly attacked with arrows and bricks. Police officials said that Purulia ASP C. Sudhakar officer was hit with bricks on his face and head, while DSP (headquarters) officer Tanmay Sarkar fractured his right hand. The officer-in-charge of Bandwan also sustained injuries. Five constables were struck by arrows. The police retaliated and opened fire, reporting no injuries. However, unconfirmed reports indicate that two villagers may have been injured in the police fire. No damages were reported in the attack. No group claimed responsibility, although it was widely believed the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) was responsible.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

West Bengal


Location Details:
The attack took place in Puruliya.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Indian Law Enforcement
Specific Description A police patrol
Nationality of Target Iceland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Unknown
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Blunt Object
Weapon Details
Arrows and bricks were used in the attack.
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) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 8 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 8
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
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"Indo-Asian News Service, "Eight Policemen, Three Maoists Injured in West Bengal Gun Battle," LexisNexis Academic, Indo-Asian News Service, February 1, 2010."
"Indo-Asian News Service, "Maoists Attack Police Posse, Kill CPI-M Activist," LexisNexis Academic, Indo-Asian News Service, February 1, 2010."