Double Encounters In Jharkhand, 1 Maoist Gunned Down

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Ranchi: A Maoist was killed and arms and ammunition were seized in separate encounters in Jharkhand on Friday.

A Maoist was killed in an encounter with security personnel and the rebels in Dholkatta jungle near Parasnath hills in Giridih district, Superintendent of Police Akhilesh B Beriar said.

The security force comprising district armed police, CRPF and Cobra battalion was engaged in the nearly hour-long encounter with the Maoists in the jungle. The security personnel recovered the body of the Maoist while launching a search operation.

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Another encounter took place between security forces and Maoists when the rebels fired at the security forces comprising district armed police and CRPF during an anti-Maoist operation at Kasidanga in East Singhbhum district, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Prabhat Kumar said.

The Maoists were led by Akaash, a senior leader of the Maoists and wanted by police for various offences, he said. An AK-47 rifle with 32 rounds of ammunition, a 9 mm pistol with six rounds and two magazines among other things were recovered from the spot by the security personnel, he said.