Armed Cadres Of CPI Maoist Engage In Firefight With Security Forces In Bihar State

PATNA: A fierce encounter took place between the security personnel and the Maoists in Kharagpur Rajasarai Harkunda hills on the border of Lakhisarai and Munger districts of Bihar state on Monday. However, there was no report of any casualty or injury in the exchange of fire, which lasted for an hour.

A joint team of the Special Task Force (STF) and the district armed police cordoned of the area and launched search operation following reports that some armed squad members of the CPI-Maoist were camping there. They had allegedly been involved in the kidnapping of three persons, including a mukhiya, in a Lakhisarai village for extortion.

Some top leaders like Arjun Kora, Baleshwar Kora, Suresh Kora, Bahadur Kora and Narayan Kora were involved in the Lakhisarai kidnapping case. Unconfirmed reports said Bhalui panchayat mukhiya Ganesh Rajak, who was among the three kidnapped, had been released after his family paid a hefty sum as extortion. The other two had also been released.

Sharing details of the police operation, DIG (Munger range) Manu Maharaaj said the Maoists started indiscriminate firing on the police team when it reached the Dharhara-Kharagpur borders and entered the forest. The police team retaliated and and fired at least 50 rounds. The Maoists also fired at least 100 rounds.

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