2 ultras shot in W Singhbhum encounter
Two ultras belonging to outlawed outfit People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) were killed during a fierce encounter with CRPF under Gudri police station area in West Singhbhum district, on Tuesday morning. A 24-year-old woman was part of the two rebels killed.
The encounter took place at Kantabandatoli hill under Gudri police station area which comes under Porahat forest division at about 5:30 am and continued till 8 am. After the encounter was over, both the police and CRPF jawans embarked on combing operation.
During the combing operation, the police recovered a nine MM carbine and double-barrel gun, cartridges of both the carbine and double-barrel gun from the spot. Besides, police have also recovered a cellphone.
West Singhbhum SP Anis Gupta said, “Two rebels were killed in the encounter. We are trying to establish the identity. We have beefed security across the district,” he said.
According to police, the spot where the encounter took place is close to the border of Khunti district’s Rania police station, which is considered to be a PLFI stronghold.
Sources informed that superintendent of police, Khunti, Aswini Kumar Sinha was leading the operation against the PLFI rebels early in the morning.
Acting on a tip-off, the Khunti police started a search operation. They were informed that a squad of about a dozen PLFI rebels was anchored on the border of Rania jungle in Khunti district and Kantabandatoli hill under Gudri thana area in West Singhbhum district.
Sources said as the police and CRPF started a search operation, the rebels had crossed over to Gudri thana area, leading the para-military forces to chase them. The rebels opened fire as the CRPF jawans had entered into Kantabandatoli hill. In the counter attack two rebels were killed.
The police and paramilitary forces have also beefed up search operation in the Naxal infested areas of West Singhbhum district. Sources said that the police are frisking commuters in the bordering areas. At some places common people are also being interrogated by police and paramilitary force on suspicion. Forces have been deployed in strategic locations. The district police have maintained that combing operation in the Maoist infested areas of the district will continue as usual and there is no let up whatsoever.
“Security has been beefed up in the area and they were keeping strict vigil on movement of the Naxals. The plan is to keep a tab on the camps being operated by ultras,” said another official.
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