Thursday, July 23, 2009

Six naxals killed; bandh evokes mixed response

Ranchi/Simdega, Jul 22 (PTI) Police today claimed that six naxalites were killed in an encounter with security forces that led to razing of three Maoist camps in Simdega district even as the state-wide bandh called by the proscribed outfit evoked mixed response.

The encounter began this morning as the Jharkhand Jaguar Force raided three Maoist camps near Khareganja village, about 90 km from Ranchi.

The personnel saw six naxalites falling to their bullets, and the cadres dragging them away, Simdega Superintendent of Police, Abhishek, told reporters.

He said a naxalite was arrested after the encounter, but no body was found from the site.

Police recovered eight guns, a pistol, nine detonators, including one electric detonator, eight mobile handsets, seven rucksacks, a gas cylinder and several cartridges from the camps.

Meanwhile, the bandh called by the CPI (Maoist) against price rise evoked mixed response in rural Jharkhand, according to reports.

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