Three Naxalites killed in encounter with CRPF in Jharkhand
New Delhi, April 29, 2013
At least three suspected Naxalites were killed in an encounter with men of the 209 CoBRA Batallion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Jharkhand Jaguars near Piri village in Latehar district of Jharkhand today.
A spokesman for the CRPF said that the joint police team began the operation around 0800 hours today after getting information about the presence of 60-70 Naxalites in that area.
"Three bodies of Naxalites have been recovered. There are reports that seven Naxalites have been killed in the encounter. Search operation is going on," the spokesman added.
The spokesman said the three men whose bodies were recovered were wearing uniform of the Maoists.
He said the intelligence inputs ha dpointed to the presence of Maoist leaders Mritunjay, Indrajeet, Narayan and Vikash along with large number of cadres in the area.
He said that, about 0900 hours, when the joint troops were advancing into the forest area, about 1.5 km north-east of Piri village, they came under heavy firing by the Maoists from the nearby hills.
He said the troops took positions and retaliated to the fire effectively. The firing lasted for about two hours.
Apart from the bodies, the security forces also recovered one Insas rifle with two magazines and 38 rounds, two .315 rifles with eleven rounds, one wireless set, fifty ,22 rounds, five detonators, a grenade, a country-made bomb, three ammunition pouches, electric testers, torches, SIM cards, medicines and Naxal docuents.
"The troops are still out and thorough search is going on in the area to nab the fleeing and injured Maoists," the spokesman added.