Saturday, April 17, 2010

‘Maoist’ shot dead, two held after encounter

Express News Service

Posted: Sunday , Apr 18, 2010 at 0209 hrs

Joint security forces today claimed to have gunned down a Maoist and arrested two others after a 12-hour gunbattle in Bhalukbasa forests at Goaltore, one of the Naxal strongholds in West Midnapore district.

“We had information that Sidhu Soren, a close aide of Kishenji, had taken shelter in the area. Soren is in-charge of Goaltore. The Maoists started firing at our forces which then retaliated. We have recovered the body of a Maoist while two Maoists have been arrested,” said West Midnapore SP Manoj Verma.

“Once forces reached the area, the Maoists split in groups and started firing from different places to guard their main team of which Sidhu Soren was a part,” Verma said.

Three land mines were also blasted at the spot, but no one from the security forces was injured,” Verma added.

A senior CRPF officer said blood was found splattered on the encounter site, indicating a few of the Maoists were injured too.

Verma said the security forces have also seized sophisticated guns, bullets, gelatin sticks, detonators, besides Maoist literature.

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