Three Maoist rebels killed in Jharkhand

July 29th, 2008 - 1:55 pm ICT by IANS  

Ranchi, July 29 (IANS) Three Maoist guerrillas, including two women, have been killed and four injured in a gun battle with security forces in Jharkhand, the police said Tuesday. According to the police, the shootout between security forces and militants of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) broke out Monday night in a forested area of Vishnugarh of Hazaribagh district, around 140 km from the state capital here.

The leftist rebels are observing “martyrs’ week” in memory of their colleagues killed during the past one year in clashes with police and the paramilitary troopers.

Sources said the rebel activists were holding a jan adalat (public court) in Vishnugarh when a joint party of the police and the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) surrounded them.

The rebels opened fire at the troopers, starting a gun battle that lasted for more than four hours, said the police.

Three rebels, including two women, were killed and four injured, said the police. The injured Maoist guerrillas have managed to escape.

The slain militants include Naveen Manjhi, zonal commander of the CPI-Maoist.

Police claimed to have seized arms and Maoist literature from the shootout site.

Maoist rebels are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state. In the last seven years more than 1,300 people, including civilians and rebels, have been killed in Maoist-related violence.

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