Jharkhand: Three PLFI ultras killed in encounter with security forces

According to the police, in a special joint operation carried out by 209 CoBRA battalion of CRPF and Jharkhand police, an encounter ensued between police and Maoists.

Published: 24th February 2019 09:48 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th February 2019 01:02 AM   |  A+A-

Security forces display the arms and ammunition recovered after an encounter with Maoist rebels at Kamdara forest under Gumla district of Jharkhand on Sunday Feb 24 2019. | PTI

By Express News Service

RANCHI: In a major achievement, security forces gunned down at least three People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) Naxals in an encounter which took place during a joint search operation conducted by 209 CoBRA Battalion of CRPF and State Police in Gumla early in the morning on Sunday.

Security forces told that seven arms, including 2 AK-47 Rifles, have also been recovered during the search operation conducted immediately after the encounter.

"Three PLFI cadres have been gunned down at Aamtoli jungles under Kamdara Police Station in Gumla during a search operation conducted following a tip-off that PLFI Commander Dinesh Gope was spotted in the area at around 6 am in the morning on Sunday," said CRPF PRO Prakash Badal.

Though the PLFI squad escaped from the encounter site after they could not withstand heavy firing from the security forces three dead bodies of the ultras, killed in the encounter, have been recovered from there, he added.

"During intensive search operation conducted following the encounter, two AK-47 Rifles, 2 Bolt Action Rifle and three pistols along with 66 mobile phones, wireless sets, their chargers, rucksacks, handbags, Rs 1, 10,200 cash and other articles of day to day use have also been recovered from the site," said Badal.

He said that a total of 9 PLFI Naxals have been killed during the last 25 days in an encounter with the security forces, he added.

Recently, 5 PLFI ultras were killed at Khunti - Chibasa borders on January 29, while another one was gunned down in Khunti on February 14 followed by recovery of huge cache of arms and ammunition from the encounter site, Badal said.

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