Jamshedpur : The police and para-miliary forces on Friday morning had a fierce encounter with armed squad of CPI-Maoists near Kashidanga village area in Ghatshila sub-division, about 65 Kms away from here. After the battle, the forces recovered two fire-arms, including an AK 47 assault rifle from a rebel camp at a hill under Galudih police station area in Ghatshila sub-division.
The police also seized one 9 MM pistol, a walkie-talkie, two magazines of the assault rifle, medicines and a rebel uniform. The AK 47 rifle that the police recovered is said to have been belonged to Akash Mondal. It was suspected that the rebel snatched the assault rifle from Bengal police.
Revealing about the breakthrough, senior SP, Anoop T Mathew said that early in the morning they received a tip off that a rebel squad of 10-12 members was holding a camp at the top of the Kashidanga hill.
“We immediately came into action and set up a team under the leadership of additional SP (Naxal Operation) Pranab Anand Jha and CRPF personnel ( Battalion 193) and reached near the spot by 9 am,” said Mathew.
The police officer informed that the rebel squad operating a camp triggered indiscriminate firing at police, but as the latter retaliated, the armed naxals sneaked into the nearby jungle. Though the encounter continued for about 20 minutes, no casualty was reported from the forces side, but the paramilitary authority were not sure whether there was any casualty on the Maoist’s side or not.
During the course of operation, the police recovered the AK 47 and the pistol among the other things that the rebels had left at the camp,” said the senior SP.
Mathew said that during the police operation Akash, on whom a reward of Rs 1 crore had been declared, might have been away from the camp for relieving himself.
The additional SP (naxal operations) Jha said the encounter continued for about 20 minutes and had stopped after the rebels retreated.
The administration has increased police patrolling on the bordering areas connecting to West Bengal and has also deployed adequate number of paramilitary personnel on areas potential to rebels attack.
“The combing operation had begun here from wee hours of the day. The para-military forces were combing the area in jungle while carrying out the operation. As the forces were busing in search operation, they were suddenly sprayed with bullets, leading them to run for the cover. Soon after, the paramilitary forces had retaliated by returning the fire,” said a police official.