Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Cops-Naxals exchange fire in Bihar

16 May, 2007 l 0514 hrs ISTlTIMES NEWS NETWORK

PATNA/SASARAM: Rohtas police and suspected Naxalites exchanged fire at Dumarkho village under the Chutia police station late on Tuesday evening.

No casualty has been reported from the police side.

Home commissioner Afzal Amanullah told TOI that the village is situated near the Bihar-UP border.

He said suspected Maoists, numbering between 20 and 25, first opened fire at the police party during a routine search and combing operation in the area.

The police fired 40 rounds in retaliation forcing the Maoists to flee into the jungles of Sonebhadra district in UP.

Afzal said renewed combing operation in the area will be carried out on Wednesday morning with the help of CRPF and UP police personnel.

He said with blood stains being detected at the site of the encounter, it appeared that some extremists were either killed or injured but were carried away by their comrades-in-arms

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