Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Top naxal commander shot dead

Varanasi, Nov 10 (PTI) A top naxal commander, wanted in connection with 32 criminal cases in UP and Bihar, was gunned down by security forces in a fierce encounter in Sonebhadra district, police said today.

The self-styled maoist zonal commander Kamlesh Chowdhary, who was trying to reactivate the naxalites in Sonebhadra-Mirzapur region, was gunned down in a three hour-long fierce encounter in the forests of Kanach in the district, 80 kms from here, last evening, Inspector General of Police Gurudarshan Singh said.

Claiming it to be a big success of the police force, Singh said that on a specific input a team of SOG and local police surrounded the forest area of Chopan in the district and started combing operation.

The joint team spotted naxal activity in the forest of Kanach and challenged the naxals hiding there to surrender but the Naxalites opened fire on the forces.

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