Two security personnel killed in Jharkhand

May 11th, 2008 - 6:45 pm ICT by admin  

Ranchi, May 11 (IANS) Two security personnel were killed and three injured in a gun battle with Maoist rebels in Hazaribagh district of Jharkhand Sunday, the police said. According to the police, Charhi police station officer-in-charge Vinay Kant Thakur and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) constable Ramakant Tewary were killed in the gun battle that took place near Jodadag jungle, around 140 km from here.

Thakur, along with personnel of the CRPF and the state’s Special Task Force (STF), went to the forest area after getting information about the Maoist presence there. However, the security officials were ambushed on their way to the jungle by suspected members of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist).

Thakur and Tewary died on the spot and two security personnel were injured. One girl also sustained bullet injuries in the gun battle. All the injured have been admitted to a local hospital.

Maoist rebels had ambushed May 7 a police jeep in which a police officer was killed in Vishnugarh area of Hazaribagh. Last month Maoist rebels in the same district had detonated a landmine blast in which 11 security personnel were injured.

Maoist rebels are active in 18 of the 24 districts of the state. In last seven years more than 1,000 people, including civilians and Maoist rebels, were killed.

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