Jamshedpur : A hardcore Maoists Supaye Tuddu (30) was killed in an encounter at Putu jungle in rebel-infested Ghorabandha police station area of Ghatshila sub-division early Tuesday morning.
According to information security personnel of Jharkhand Jaguar and district police carried out an anti-insurgency operation in Ghorabandha at about 6 am, when an encounter took place with the rebels that led to Tuddu’s death.
Tuddu’s wife Sonali (27) who is also a naxal was caught by the police. The police have recovered two fire-arms, both 9 MM pistols from the spot of encounter.
Soon after the encounter, director general of police, Jharkhand, DK Pandey, additional director general (Operation) RK Mallik and Anurag Gupta, ADG (Special Branch) visited the spot.
East Singhbhum, senior superintendent of police Anoop T Mathew and SP (Rural) Shailendra Burnwal also had been to the Putu jungle where the encounter took place.
According to information, Tuddu was zonal commander of CPI-Maoist Ghurabandha zone and was wanted in connection with 27 naxal-related cases in East Singhbhum district only.
Moreover, he was wanted by Bengal and Odisha police in connection with the naxal-related cases registered there. He was carrying a reward of Rs 15 lakh on his head by the state police. While his wife Sonali Tuddu was wanted in as many as 10 cases by the East Singhbhum district police.
Revealing about the breakthrough, SP (Rural) Burnwal said that they had a tip off that Tuddu will come along with his squad to Putu jungle early in the morning.
“It is a major achievement for the security forces. Based on the information, a company of Jharkhand Jaguar encircled the jungle and launched a search operation at 4.45 am.
After about an hour-long search the Jharkhand Jaguar jawans suddenly faced firing at Putu jungle. The jawans soon retaliated.
The encounter continued till 6 am, but the firing stopped from the rebels’ side. Later when the Jharkhand Jaguar jawans started searching the jungle, they found a rebel lying in a pool of blood,” he informed.
Sources informed that the high alert has been after intelligence report that the ultras may attack at naxal areas of Ghatshila and Patamda. “We have alerted security forces in vulnerable areas of Patamda, Ghatshila and Potka”, said a police official.
“A strict vigil would be kept on the non government commercial establishments. Even the security would be beefed up at some of the naxal prone areas of Ghatshila and Dumaria,” said a police official.
Sources informed that the police have decided to ensure strict vigil and deploy additional security forces in the fringe areas.