Thursday, December 20, 2007

CRPF DSP, Two Jawans Killed in Police-Naxal Encounter

Patna: Dec. 19, 2007

In a fierce encounter between the law-enforcement officials and heavily-armed Maoists in Kadma in Western Champaran district on Wednesday, CRPF 153 Battalion DSP V. K. Kapil and two jawans were gunned down while three ultras were also shot dead though the police could recover the body of only one down extremist.

Reports said more than 60 ultras arrived at Lakshminia village in Sheohar district and invaded the house of village chief Kapildeo Narayan Singh. Finding the mukhia not at house, the Naxals took away his 25-year old son with them.

Sensing the police closing in, the ultras fled towards West Champaran where they engaged in a violent battle with Central Reserve Protection Force jawans led by DSP Kapil.

Kapil fell to a bullet fired by the ultras just as two other jawans were hit and killed, reports said.

More than a dozen security officials and several ultras were also hurt in the incident, the police said.

Senior police officials including S. K. Bharadwaj, IG Operations, and the IG of Muzaffarpur have arrived in Kadma to monitor the situation as hundreds of Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) and CRPF jawans have been engaged in combing the area to apprehend the criminals.

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