Saturday, February 13, 2010

Gaya cop, 3 Maoists killed in encounter

TNN, 14 February 2010, 07:13am IST

GAYA: A young police officer and three Maoists were killed in a fierce encounter at Manjhiawan village under the Konch police station of Gaya district late on Saturday evening.

The martyred cop, Mithilesh Prasad, was the officer-in-charge of Tekari police station in the district.

Reports reaching the district HQ here said a joint police team of the Konch, Atri and Tekari police stations and the Central Reserve Police Force raided Manjhiawan following a tip-off that the ultras had assembled in the village.

On seeing the uniformed men, the ultras started firing. The police party also retaliated. Amid heavy exchange of fire, Prasad was hit in the neck by a bullet fired by the ultras. He succumbed to his injury on way to Anugrah Narain Magadh Medical College Hospital here.

Three Maoists are also believed to have been killed in the encounter. According to Magadh range DIG Anupama Nilekar, the body of one Naxalite has been recovered while search is on for the two other bodies.

The DIG and SP Sushil Khopde were leading the combing operation launched in the area.

Khopde told this correspondent from the place of occurrence two rifles, 43 live cartridges and Naxal literature have been recovered by police.

Incidentally, Konch was once regarded as a Naxalite bastion. But the ultras had been lying low for after they were challenged by the Ranvir Sena.

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