Ranchi: Twelve Maoists have been gunned down by the police during a fierce encounter late on Monday in Jharkhand. “When the encounter ended at 2am (on Tuesday), we found 12 bodies of the ultras during a search operation,” A Natrajan, a senior police official in the Palamau district of Jharkhand told. “Eight arms and 200 rounds of ammunition besides other items were recovered from the spot.” He added.
The police reportedly launched the operation in the heavily forested region after receiving a tip-off that the insurgents would be present in the area around midnight. No police casualties were reported in the encounter. It was the first major operation against the Naxalites — whose name is derived from a village in West Bengal where the movement originated in the late 1960s — in Jharkhand in over a year.
In April last year, eight people, including six police officials, were reportedly killed in a rebel attack in the state’s Dumka district. In May 2013, 27 people including several politicians from the Congress party, were killed in an attack in the neighboring state of Chhattisgarh.