Jamshedpur/Ranchi, March 14: Four Maoists were injured during an encounter at Manmaru village of Bandgaon block in West Singhbhum in a breakthrough for the district police on a day the security personnel failed to located the body of a special task force jawan killed by rebels in Gumla yesterday.
The encounter in West Singhbhum starting around 9am lasted an hour. Police also recovered two firearms, live cartridges and Maoist literature.
Kolhan DIG Arun Kumar Singh said, “A police party led by West Singhbhum SP Pankaj Kamboj left for Manmaru village following unconfirmed reports that six villagers were killed by the rebels two days ago at a jan adalat (people’s court). The encounter took place when a second team of police and paramilitary forces was heading to assist the previous team.”
He confirmed that four rebels were injured. “We came to know that the rebels sustained bullet injuries from local villagers,” said Singh.
Meanwhile, DGP Rajeev Kumar today flew to Gumla to monitor an ongoing anti-Naxalite operation. The police sent to recover the body of Manoj Bakhla are yet to succeed.
The jawans managed to rescue two colleagues who sustained injuries during the encounter with the Maoists that started yesterday.
Additional personnel from the headquarters and nearby districts have rushed to help the forces comprising Cobra, Jharkhand Jaguar, CRPF, STF and district police in Gumla.
“Additional forces have been rushed. No further police casualties have been reported,” said additional police spokesman Richard Lakra.