Fierce Encounter in Jharkhand, Mao Leader Killed

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Ranchi: A fierce gun battle left two people including a self-styled area commander of banned CPI (Maoist) Chandanji dead in Khunti district, about 35 km from Ranchi on Tuesday. Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Prabhat Kumar and his body guard also suffered bullet injuries during the encounter.

The encounter took place when Mr Kumar on getting information that 'Chandanji's dasta', firing squad of the Maoist leader was at a place on Khunti-Ranchi road headed the search operation.When the police approached the area, they came under fire and the SSP's driver was killed, Jharkhand Director General of Police DK Pandey told PTI.

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"Ranchi SSP Prabhat  Kumar suffered bullet injury on his right shoulder. He has been admitted to a hospital and is out of danger," Pandey told PTI. "Kumar's bodyguard is also out of danger," he said. "Two Maoists were also injured in the encounter," he added.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the SSP and Chief Minister Raghubar Das, official sources said.Mr Das has asked the officials to ensure that the injured police officer and his body guard gets proper treatment, the sources added. On getting information that Maoists gathered near Dulmi  village near Marang bazaar on the borders of Ranchi and Khunti, the SSP and Additional Superintendent of Police, rushed to the spot along with security men.

The Deputy Inspector General of Police (Ranchi range), Arun Kumar, said one AK-47 rifle was recovered from the spot and added that around eight Maoists who had gathered there.The deceased driver has been identified as Rumul Sevaiva, an official release said.

Saluting the exemplary courage of the deceased driver, Jharkhand Chief Minister  Raghubar Das announced Rs. 10 lakh to his family, besides insurance claim, employment to a member of the family, which will draw salary till the scheduled retirement date and education to children, the release said.

He lauded the bravery of the police personnel fighting the left wing extremists. Mr Das said it was not possible to get solutions to any problem through violence. He called on the injured SSP and his bodyguard, Mohammad Faizal, at Bhagaban Mahaveer Medical Hospital in Ranchi.

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