CoBRA Deputy Commandant Injured During Encounter With CPI (Maoist) Squad In West Singhbhum District

West Singhbhum District, July 12, 2023: A deputy commandant of the CRPF’s elite CoBRA battalion was injured in an encounter with a squad of CPI (Maoist) cadres in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district on Wednesday, a police official said.

The encounter with the Maoists took place in Rela Paral Pahad under Goilkera police station when the personnel of 209 CoBRA batallion, Jharkhand Jaguar and the district armed police were out on a combing operation in areas affected by the CPI (Maoist) on Wednesday morning.

The Maoists opened fire on the security forces, which was returned, police reported.

Blood stains were sighted at the spot during the search operation that followed, indicating that Maoists were also injured. But no Maoist cadres were found, West Singhbhum superintendent of police Ashutosh Shekhar said.

The injured deputy commandant of 209 CoBRA battalion, Deepak Kumar Tiwari was airlifted to a hospital in Ranchi and is said to be in stable condition, the SP said.

The search operation had to be halted due to heavy downpour. It was resumed later after the rain stopped.

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