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Cop injured in West Bengal landmine blast in critical condition


Kolkata : One of the policemen injured in Sunday’s landmine blast by suspected Maoists that targeted West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and central steel minister Ram Vilas Paswan is in a critical condition, doctors said here Monday.

The policeman was driving a car in Steel Minister Ram Vilas Paswan’s convoy. The car bore the brunt of the blast. The cop had sustained head injuries, said the doctors.

“Mukul Phulmani has a head injury. He is critical. A surgery was performed on him Sunday to take out the pellets. A panel of doctors is treating him. All his parameters are being monitored constantly,” said a doctor at the private hospital the injured policeman was admitted to.

Inspector General of Police (law and order) Raj Kanojia said Phulmani was driving the pilot car in Paswan’s convoy when the attack took place. “His condition is causing concern.”

Bhattacharjee and Paswan had a close shave as the landmine exploded on the route of their convoy at Bhadutala in West Midnapore district, leaving six policemen injured.

They were returning from the launching ceremony of a 10-million-tonne mega steel plant being set up by JSW Bengal Steel in the Maoist-hit Shalboni area. The minister escaped unhurt.