Rebels trigger landmines on approaching security offices, steal weapons in ensuing encounter
Patna: At least eight people, including seven policemen, were killed in a fierce gun battle between the security forces and Maoists in Jharkhand.
The security forces have launched a massive combing operation in the area in the aftermath of the encounter.
Acting on a tip-off that a large number of Maoist rebels had gathered at a hill in Jharkhand’s Garhawa district, bordering Chhattisgarh state, a team of security forces rushed to the area on Tuesday evening and surrounded the hills from all sides.
Reports said on seeing the security forces, the rebels opened fire, leading to bitter gun battle after which the rebels retreated.
However, no sooner than the security forces moved forward and launched a search operation, the hiding rebels triggered landmine blasts, targeting the anti-landmine vehicle carrying the cops. In the incident, six police officers were killed on the spot while another one succumbed to injuries at the hospital.
“The security personnel were killed when the rebels targeted a police anti-landmine vehicle. They also snatched weapons from the slain cops,” a senior local police official Vipul Shukla told the media on Wednesday.
Jharkhand chief minister Raghubar Das expressed shock over the killing of the officers but vowed to stamp out Maoism from his territory very soon.
“The Maoists indulged in sheer cowardice act which is very shocking. Now, I vow to end Naxalism from my territory which will be the only perfect tribute to the martyred soldiers,” Das said in a tweet.
The killing prompted intensive combing operation in the areas on Wednesday during which a Maoist was killed in a gun-battle. The security forces also recovered arms and ammunition from his possession.
Reports said the security forces in Jharkhand had been carrying out intensive combing operation for the past about six months to free the hill, known as “Budha Pahad” from the clutches of the rebels but to no avail.