On early Wednesday, in a fierce gun battle with the COBRA commandos of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jharkhand police six Maoists were killed in the jungles of the Maoist violence-affected Latehar district of western Jharkhand.
The encounter took place at around 5am near Nabarnagu-Karamdih area under Chhipadohar police station of Latehar. The encounter was reported around 9am from the Karamdih-Chhipadohar jungles when a squad of CoBRA commandos of the CRPF was out on patrol.
6 bodies of Naxals in black uniform have been retrieved along with an an SLR, INSAS rifle, a carbine, and three other firearms from the spot. The bodies are not yet identified. The other members of the Maoist squad fled the spot during the gunbattle. Police officials said the uniforms worn by the rebels and the weapons found with them indicate they were Maoists of senior rank.
No casualties suffered by the security personnel, Latehar superintendent of police Anup Birthire said. A joint patrol of the CRPF and Jharkhand police chanced upon about 25 Maoist rebels who had gathered on the riverbank, said a police officer.
He added, “Over a dozen Maoists received injuries in this gun battle and fled. It will not be long before they are captured.”
The offensive against the Maoists is going on.
SP Anup Birthire said, “This encounter is a major success for the security forces.”
The region that shares border with Chhattisgarh is considered to be a Maoist hotbed and Burha Pahar, the hilly terrain where dreaded Maoists Arvind and Sudhakar are ensconced for months, is not far.
There would now be increased patrolling of the area by security forces. A joint team of CRPF, COBRA and state police recently launched a major offensive against the Maoists in the region.
Jharkhand director-general of police, T K Pandey and inspector-general, M S Bhatia are expected to visit Latehar later on Wednesday to take closer look of the situation.