Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Slain rebels yet to be identified

OUR CORRESPONDENT
Hazaribagh, May 25: Police are yet to ascertain the identity of the two Maoist rebels killed in a gun battle with the security forces in Jamuniatari forests in Chouparan of Hazaribagh district last evening.

Sub-divisional police officer Arun Kumar Sinha said that they recovered a rifle and several rounds of bullets from the spot, about 73km from the district headquarters.

Sinha said that Hazaribagh superintendent of police Pankaj Kamboj had received a tip-off that Naxalites were holding a meeting in the forests situated on border of Jharkhand and Bihar. He sent two teams, comprising STF, CRPF and district personnel, to conduct a combing operation. The securitymen had to walk several kilometres to reach the spot.

Sources said that Naxalite area commander Sahdeo Yadav was busy in a meeting with around 25 to 30 men when the police reached. As soon as they spotted the men in uniform, the Maoists started firing indiscriminately, forcing the security personnel to fire back. But as a jawan, Rajkumar, sustained injuries, one of the teams retreated to Hazaribagh with the injured, while the other group stayed back. Sinha said that they would have completely subjugated the Naxalites had it not been dark. The rebels escaped under the cover of darkness. A search yielded two bodies.

Sources said the Bihar and Jharkhand police had met several times to chalk out strategies to check Maoist menace in Chouparan and Barachatti in Gaya.

A numbers of extremists were killed in Chouparan and Barachatti because of the police crackdown.

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