Jamshedpur, Sept. 14 : Days after two ultras belonging to outlawed outfit People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) were killed during an encounter with CRPF under Gudri police station area in West Singhbhum district, the banned rebels of CPI (Maoist) opened fire on security forces from the hills in forest of Sonua block in the early hours of Thursday. The firing took place between the villages Machalda and Karamda.
The cops of district CRPF jawans and distirct police were involved in routine patrolling when the firing took place. The forces retaliated and the encounter continued for half an hour. Following the incident the security forces started a massive combing operation at Sonua block and adjoining areas in West Singhbhum to flush out naxals who are trying to make their presence felt.
A senior police official said that the Naxals are trying to regain their lost areas in the West Singhbhum area. They have changed their strategy and are even trying to recruit children and girls in regaining their position in the tribal-dominated West Singhbhum block.
Police officials here informed that a massive combing operation has been launched to track the ultras. Security has been beefed up with deployment of additional forces and strict vigil is being maintained with the bordering areas of West Bengal. When contacted, West Singhbhum superintendent of police Anish Gupta confirmed that a squad of rebels open fire on the forces involved in routine patrolling.
“The encounter continued for half an hour and the rebels managed to escape. We have not be able to find out whether any casualty took place or not. However, we have intensified the operation across the district,” said Gupta. A senior official informed that three companies of CRPF have been deployed in the area. Search operation is being carried at the village. “Though no breakthrough has been so far but the enhanced security will help us to keep vigil on movements of ultras,” he noted.
The police and para-military forces are also creating an awareness drive among the tribals so that no outsiders may intrude into their house for luring their children to join the rebel outfit. “We need to work in more coordinated manner and most importantly one must learn from the past mistakes of not being casual to the established security norms while combating extremist forces,” noted another official.