Three ultras of the banned Jharkhand Janmukti Parishad (JJMP) were killed in an encounter with the security forces in a forest in Lohardaga district on Thursday. The encounter took place in the Saheda Pat forest of Bagru area under Peshrar police station area of the district.
Lohardaga Superintendent of Police, Priyadarshi Aalok said, “The bodies of the three ultras were recovered from the spot. The police also recovered two AK-47 rifles from the spot while search operation is going on in the area.”The encounter took place around 2.45 PM when a joint team of 158th and 214th battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and State police was out for search operation in Bagru forest area bordering Lohardaga and Latehar district.
Sources said that the security forces’ team had a tip off of movement of JJMP squad lead by Pappu Lohra in the area, the police based on the inputs carried out the operation against the Left Wing Extremist (LWE) group. In the encounter three ultras were killed, the JJMP members after the encounter also took away an injured utras.
A week back the same JJMP ultras created havoc at Tori Railway siding under Chandwa police station of Latehar district putting on fire at least 16 heavy vehicles at the site. The rebels also thrashed labourers present at the site and even snatched their mobile phones. According to police, at Chandwa area too firing continued from both sides for about one and half hours and later the extremists fled the spot taking advantage of nearby forests.
IG (Operations) Ashish Batra said, “Police are verifying the identity of the utras killed in the encounter. However, prima facie it appears that the JJMP members killed in the encounter are top members of banned extremist group on the basis of arms and ammunitions recovered from the spot.”
Batra claimed that in past few years there has been decline in LWE menace in the State, while the influence of such extremist group is active in only bordering areas of the districts or in the border areas of Chhattisgarh and Bihar.