RANCH: Thirteen policemen including the officer-in-charge of Bhandaria police station were killed and two constables were injured in a landmine blast triggered by suspected CPI (Maoist) at Salho jungle in Jharkhand’s Garhwa district. Confirming the casualties, Jharkhand police spokesman IG RK Mallik said that the blast was triggered by Maoists when the police team along with the block development officer (BDO) was returning after clearing a road blockade near Badgarh. The BDO who was travelling in his own vehicle is safe.  At the time of the blast, 15 policemen including the driver were in the anti-landmine vehicle.

Sri Sri Ravishankar urges Maoists to renounce violence

AURANGABAD (BIHAR): Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravishankar today appealed to Maoists to renounce violence and join the mainstream for their own well being and that of the society. “There can be no solution to problems through violence … an atmosphere of peace and brotherhood can indeed help change the society for the better,” he said at a discourse at Madanpur village.

Ravishankar asked the people to lead a simple life and renounce Western style of life for their mental and physical well being and emphasized on regular yoga and meditation in their day-to-day life.

TOI