Friday, November 12, 2010

Two Maoists gunned down in Bengal

2010-11-12 17:30:00
Kolkata, Nov 12 (IANS) Two Maoist guerrillas were gunned down by security forces in a village in West Bengal's Purulia district, police said Friday.

The gunfight that began early Friday in Bamni village at Ayodhya Hills continued, a police officer said. It began with security personnel conducting raids in search of four villagers who were believed to have been abducted Thursday night.

'An armed encounter between the combined forces, including Combat Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) and the state police's anti-Maoists wing Counter Insurgency Force (CIF), and the Maoists at Bamni jungle of Ayodhya Hills has been under way since early today,' Inspector General of police (western range) Zulfiqar Hasan said.

'We are informed that two ultra left rebels have been killed in the encounter and several others were injured. A huge cache of arms and ammunitions were recovered from the spot,' said Hassan, adding that details were awaited.

The four men from Bhuda village -- Banamali Sardar, Ratan Murra, Kalicharan Murra and Biren Sardar -- went missing Thursday evening after they were asked by Maoist guerrillas to show them the way to a hill in the area.

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