CPI Maoist Engage In Firefight With Security Forces In Seraikela-Kharsawan District

Jamshedpur, February 10, 2021: A day after director general of police (DGP), Jharkhand, MV Rao ordered the police and paramilitary forces to intensify combat against the Naxals review meeting at Jamshedpur, a fierce encounter took place with a squad of CPI (Maoist) cadres at Rolahatu jungle under Kuchai police station area in the adjoining Seraikela-Kharsawan district on Wednesday morning. The encounter lasted for over an hour beginning at 11.30 am. No casualties were reported from either side.

Rao had called upon the police and paramilitary forces to review meeting at Jamshedpur to intensify the drive against the Naxalites so as to eliminate them from Kolhan comprising the twin districts of Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan.

Seraikela-Kharsawan superintendent of police, Mohammed Arshi said that the encounter took place between the Maoist squad of Pratiram Majhi alias Anal and the paramilitary forces 209 COBRA battalion.

“The forces were carrying out a special operation against the ultras in the Roladih jungle, the rebels had started firing at the forces at about 11.30 am.  The paramilitary forces had also retaliated by firing shots.  The encounter lasted for over an hour, causing the Naxals to give a retreat as the fire power of the paramilitary forces,” said Arshi.

The Seraikela-Kharsawan SP who was himself leading the paramilitary forces in the special operation said that they have started a combing operation after the encounter came to an end at about 12.45 pm.  There is no casualty on the side of the paramilitary forces, but whether the Maoists suffered any casualties or not is yet to be ascertained.

After an encounter at Chaibasa and now at Kuchai, the security establishment of the state is on high alert with Jharkhand police jawans and CRPF personnel maintaining tight vigilance on the movement of the Maoists. All the police stations in the three districts of the division including East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan are on alert and patrolling in these areas have been intensified.

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