Four Maoist guerrillas killed in Jharkhand

June 1st, 2008 - 1:24 pm ICT by admin  

Ranchi, June 1 (IANS) Four Maoist guerrillas were shot Sunday in a gun battle with security personnel in Jharkhand’s Hazaribagh district, police said. A woman rebel was arrested. According to police, the encounter took place Sunday morning near Chunramandu village of Hazaribagh district, around 130 km from Ranchi.

A joint team of the Jharkhand Police and the Central Reserve Police Force on a tip-off raided the village and asked Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) members to surrender. But, the rebels retaliated with gun fire.

In the fierce gun battle that followed, four Maoist guerrillas were killed while one woman rebel was arrested.

The dead include zonal commander Vijay Yadav. He is accused of killing legislator Mahendra Singh in January 2005. Police had announced a reward of Rs.500,000 for his capture.

Police have recovered arms, explosives, and Maoist literature from the killed rebels.

Maoist rebels are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state. During the last seven years, more than 1,000 persons, including civilians and Maoist rebels, have been killed. These comprise 614 civilians and 290 security personnel.

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