KEONJHAR : The Maoist attack at Sunki on Wednesday claimed lives of three jawans from Keonjhar. Subarna Raj (30), Sanjay Kumar Das (33) and Ganesh Prasad Saha (32) of the district died when the Maoists blasted a police vehicle using landmine in the hilly Sunki-Salur road near Koraput’s Pottangi.
A resident of Banua village under Keonjhar Sadar police limits, Sarat Chandra Raj, Subarna’s father, is inconsolable. He had spoken to his son on Wednesday morning. Subarna was deployed in the Third Battalion of the Odisha State Armed Police (OSAP) as a driver and had last visited his village in December, 2016.
Sanjay, son of Lochan Das of Chutiapasi village under Patana police limits, was a homeguard in the OSAP for over a decade. He is survived by his wife, Binapani, and two-year-old son, Rudranarayan. He was the only earning member of his family.
Ganesh was a resident of Gobindapur village under Nandipada police limits of Anandpur sub-division. His parents said the landmine blast snatched their only child from them.
A candle light rally was organised by the people of Keonjhar on Thursday.