Patna: Encounter between security forces and Maoists is going on along the Gaya-Aurangabad border in Bihar. The place where the encounter is taking place is also bordering Jharkhand. The encounter began in the evening hours on Thursday in the jungles of Panchrukhiya, Jhanj and Langurahi.
According to police sources, several gun shots were fired from both sides. Sources say that many cadres of the red forces are believed to have been killed by the security forces.
It may be noted that the Maoists had given a call for Magadh bandh on August 31 and despite bandh passing off peacefully, search operation was underway in the entire Magadh region in Bihar. The encounter began when the security forces during search operation reached a village and Maoists opened fire at around 4 pm on Thursday.
Elite COBRA battalion of the CRPF is also part of the security forces taking on the Maoists which also includes jawans from the Special Task Force and local police. It has also been reported that COBRA battalion from Jharkhand have joined the security forces in the encounter as the areas where the gun battle is taking place is very close to Jharkhand border.
Gaya SSP, Garima Malik has confirmed to India Today about the encounter going on and huge recovery of arms and explosives from the Maoist bunker that has been unearthed during the encounter. Security forces have also recovered Maoist literature and blood stained clothes from the place.
However, there is no report of any casualty or injury from the security forces end.
On July 19 this year, in a similar sort of an encounter with Maoists, 10 commandos of COBRA were killed.