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    Police in India say they have killed 17 Maoist rebels in an overnight clash in the central state of Chhattisgarh.

    Six personnel of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were wounded in the clash in the rebel-dominated Bijapur district, they said.

    The BBC's Salman Ravi in the state capital, Raipur, says local villagers, mostly tribals, have held a protest, contesting the police claim.

    They have alleged that most of those killed were villagers, not insurgents.

    The Maoists are active in more than a third of India's 600-odd districts. They say they are fighting for the rights of the poor peasants and labourers.

    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described them as the biggest internal security challenge facing India.

    Fighting started late Thursday night when the policemen were carrying out an operation in the dense forests of Basaguda.

    A senior police officer in Bijapur, Prashant Agarwal, told the BBC that they had recovered a large number of arms and ammunition from the area.

    Mr Agarwal said only five of the bodies had been identified so far and that they were trying to identity the others.

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    Two civilians killed in Assam

    Dhubri, June 30: Police today recovered the bodies of Hatigaon-Belpara LP School headmaster Kameswar Rabha and Goalpara district All Rabha Student Union’s executive member Sharit Rabha who were abducted by suspected GNLA rebels on May 13.

    The bodies were exhumed from the Thanti Hill area near Kachumari village along the Assam-Meghalaya boundary under Krishnai police station of Goalpara district.

    A source in Goalpara said the location of the bodies was revealed by a GNLA rebel, Newstar Sangma, who was arrested a few days ago by Meghalaya police.

    Newstar is suspected to have been involved in the abduction and killing of duo.

    The source said Newstar was brought to Goalpara to point out the burial site, following which the decomposed bodies were exhumed and sent to Goalpara civil hospital for autopsy.

    The slain duo were abducted by suspected GNLA rebels from the Daogiri area close to the Assam-Meghalaya boundary on May 13 when they were returning on a bike to Agia after distributing voter forms in neighbouring villages.

    The abductors also took away Kameswar’s motorcycle.

    The police, however, had been maintaining that the duo were abducted by a gang of armed men.

    Goalpara additional superintendent of police Sushanta Biswa Sarma said Newstar was a petty criminal and an associate of the abductors. “The prime accused in the abduction and subsequent killing has fled to Garo Hills and we are looking for him. “He will be arrested soon, as we are networking with Meghalaya police,” he said.

    All Rabha Students’ Union (Arsu) Goalpara district unit general secretary Jiban Rabha said it was shocking that the police could not rescue the duo alive. “We condemn this barbaric act and demand that Newstar Sangma, an associate of the killers, be hanged. We also want the government to quickly and properly compensate the families of Kameswar and Sharit,” he added.

    News of recovery of the bodies also shocked all Rabha organisations, including Arsu and Sixth Schedule Demand Committee, which had been pressuring the district administration and the state government to ensure the duo’s safe release, into silence.
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    'Maoists' kill three in Gumla village

    GUMLA: Suspected Maoists shot dead three persons, including an elderly woman, and injured another woman over a land dispute between two families at the Maoist-affected Sehal-Tetartoli village under the Ghaghra police station about 40 km from here on Saturday night.

    The victims have been identified as Jaipal Yadav (50), his brother and retired armyman Jagdish Yadav (48) and his mother-in-law Batti Devi. The injured woman has been identified as Jaipal's wife Sumitra Devi who has been referred to RIMS, Ranchi for treatment on Sunday.

    According to Jaipal's 13-year-old daughter Rinki Kumari, a group of 20-25 armed men, including four accused persons, barged into their residence between 10.30 pm and 11.00 pm on Saturday. They first shot at Sumitra Devi, who escaped with a grievous hand injury. Next they shot Jaipal and Batti Devi killing them on the spot. Jagdish who had tried to escape by removing the tiles on the roof when the assailants tried to torch the house was then shot dead.

    There was a dispute between the deceased family and the family of accused, Shiv Balak Yadav and his sons, over a small plot of land at the village, police said. Jaipal and Shiv Balak are cousins.

    A police team comprising SDPO CK Sinha, inspector Amish Hussein, OCs of Ghaghara and Raidioh police stations Ramesh Prasad Singh and Digvijay Singh respectively reached the spot on Sunday morning and started investigation into the incident.

    Police suspect criminals' involvement in the incident.

    Hussein said the incident took place over land dispute between the two families and Shiv Balak Yadav, Yogendra Yadav, Vinay Yadav and Ajay Yadav who had been made accused might have hired some 10-12 criminals to carry out the killings. Some blank cartridges and four .315 bore bullets have been recovered from the spot.

    After retirement Jagdish had settled down in Ranchi and had joined Usha Martin Ltd at Tatisilwai. He had gone to Sehal-Tetartoli village on Saturday.

    Villagers said a year ago Jaipal's son Balmiki Yadav and another youth ,Anand Yadav, were arrested for allegedly attacking and injuring Shiv Balak's son Yogendra. After being released on bail, both had not returned the village. Yogendra allegedly had links with the Maoists and the rebels had allegedly directed both Balmiki and Anand to be appear before them, sources said.
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    I think it is up to the Mod to decide on Friday if it should be a sticky.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aryan_B View Post
    I think it is up to the Mod to decide on Friday if it should be a sticky.
    Brother I think you and superkaif should also decide.
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    I believe this should be made a sticky thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bilalhaider View Post
    I believe this should be made a sticky thread.
    I am sure the Mod will most likely agree with you.
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    we will make it a sticky thread if aryan-b and superkaif also think it is a good Idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bilalhaider View Post
    I believe this should be made a sticky thread.
    Lets hope the mod agrees with you - and you make it super duper sticky - with superglue....
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    Indian soldier shot dead by Kashmir rebel, say officials

    SRINAGAR: Police say rebels in Indian-held Kashmir have fired on a group of Indian soldiers, killing one, just south of Srinagar.

    It was the second such attack in the region in recent days. Two police officers were killed in a shooting last Tuesday in Kulgam district in the region’s south.

    Police say the soldiers were at an ATM in Pampore town when the militants opened fire Saturday and then fled. One of the soldiers died and another was hospitalised with injuries.

    No rebel group has claimed responsibility.

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    India's insurgencies

    Please post all of India's insurgencies (separatist or non-separatist) on this thread. Trolling & spamming will not be tolerated, and will be dealt with firmly. Genuine mistakes will not be punished.
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    Maoists gun down BJD leader

    08 July 2012

    A week after the police arrested two members of Maoist organisation Peoples Liberation Front of India (PLFI) near Rajgangpur, suspected members of the Leftwing extremist group killed a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) leader in early hours on Sunday.

    The victim, Hardeep Singh, who was shot dead by the ultras, was a former vice-chairman of Rajgangpur block in Sundargarh district. His bullet-ridden body was recovered by the police from near a road connecting Kansbahal and Bhugarh.

    The police also seized a poster from the spot which carried the signature of PLFI leader Vijay. The poster said Singh paid the price for being a police informer and instigating the public against the PLFI.

    On Friday, one Pancham Nanda was killed by the Maoists near Ranipiatha, 30 km from Rajganjpur, also suspecting him as a police informer.

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    Indian Maoists use power of mind to resist police grilling

    By M P Prashanth, Jul 8, 2012

    KOZHIKODE: Maoists are sourcing the power of mind to combat the muscle power of police interrogators. A document prepared to educate the cadres of Manipur Communist Party (Maoist) exhorts them that the best anti-interrogation technique is to say nothing. "All police forces work from a story, suspicion or clue, therefore when a volunteer is arrested they strive to build on that clue. But you shouldn't get anxious about the situation," advises the document.

    "When anxiety is aroused, all natural, rational defence barriers break down or weaken. The prisoner becomes irrational and becomes more prone to interrogation, in other words an anxious man is easier to intimidate by interrogation than a cool, calculating person," the document says.

    Maoist leadership warns the cadres against falling prey to the 'tough cop, soft cop' tactics. "No interrogator is a friend. They remain instruments of coercion and are more dangerous enemy than the interrogators who will beat our cadres up."

    Another tactic adopted by police is to read the secret file about other arrested cadres in front of them. This will leave the arrested cadre stunned by the wealth of information in possession of the cops. The cops may shout or boast about their ability to elicit information using any method.

    Best way to face this is to "look upon shouting, boasting policemen as a group of primitive people doing a war dance''.

    Cruel physical torture can be withstood by forming images in mind or on the surrounding walls. "People who were brutalized found that by directing their powers of concentration away from their interrogators and diverting it to images formed in their own mind, they could in effect overcome the physical pain."

    Sources said Maoists have done intense research in the anti-interrogation tactics with the help of those in the police who are their sympathisers and the cadres who had undergone grilling earlier.

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    Bloodbath mars anti-Maoist 'success'
    By Sudha Ramachandran

    BANGALORE - India's anti-Maoist operations are under fire again.

    It appears that 19 "hardcore Maoists" who the government claimed were killed in an encounter with the Chhattisgarh police and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on the night of June 27-28 were in fact unarmed civilians. About a dozen of those killed were below 16 years of age, and at least one of them just 12.

    What officials jubilantly declared at first to be one of the biggest successes of India's war against Maoists was described by a social activist, Swami Agnivesh, who has acted as a government-appointed interlocutor with the Maoists, as "cold-blooded murder", the worst massacre of civilians in the nation's post-independence history.

    The incident happened at Sarkeguda, 400 kilometers from Raipur, the state capital, in Bijapur district in the eastern Indian state of



    Chhattisgarh, which is the epicenter of the ongoing military operations against the Maoists. Chhattisgarh is rich in minerals but the tribals who live there are among India's poorest. They have borne the brunt of the war between the security forces and the Maoists.

    There are different versions of what happened that night.

    In the early hours of June 28, the CRPF said, "19 hardcore Maoists" were killed in an encounter in Bijapur's dense jungles. But soon after, accounts - quite at odds with the police narrative - began trickling out of those dense jungles. These accounts drew attention to the horrific killing of villagers by the police that night.

    Realizing that their "encounter" was snowballing into a major controversy, the CRPF quickly revised its version, claiming that "Maoists and their sympathizers" had been killed in the "encounter".

    Sarkeguda, Kottaguda and Rajpeta are three small tribal settlements consisting of fewer than a hundred huts altogether. These were among the villages that suffered terrible violence in 2006 when government-created local militias called Salwa Judum killed people and looted and burned down their homes. More than 600 villages were emptied out as terrified tribals fled into neighboring states. It is only after the Supreme Court ordered the disbanding of Salwa Judum - it continues to exist in other forms and different names - that the villagers slowly returned. They were rebuilding their lives - constructing their homes, cultivating their land and sending children to school - when terror returned in the form of the CRPF to Sarkeguda, Kottaguda and Rajpeta.

    The three villages are separated from one another by a small clearing. It was in this clearing that the villagers had assembled at around 8pm that night for a meeting. The meeting began late. At around 11pm, the villagers say, they were surrounded by police who began firing at them. The firing went on for hours.

    CRPF sources say they had come to know of a Maoist meeting that was to be held on the night of June 27 at Silgerh near Sarkeguda. An operation was planned to strike at the Maoists. According to the plan, about 800 troops stationed at Basaguda, Chintalnar and Jagarmunda would converge from three directions at Silgerh.

    Troops from the CRPF camp at Basaguda are reported to have set off that night at around 9pm. As they advanced toward Silgerh, they came upon a congregation of people at Sarkeguda.

    According to the CRPF, Maoists at the meeting opened fire and the police retaliated. An encounter ensued in which "Maoists and their sympathizers" were killed. Six CRPF personnel were wounded, four of them suffering gunshot injuries.

    CRPF director general Vijay Kumar told the media that the police had been ambushed by the Maoists and that they had retaliated as per the standard operating procedures.

    "We had to protect ourselves after so many [police] were injured in open fire," he said. Expressing concern that the Maoists had used the villagers as human shields, he claimed that twice his troops "retreated on seeing women and children in the front".

    Villagers insist there were no Maoists at the gathering; neither had the Maoists called the meeting. They say they had gathered to discuss an upcoming festival related to the sowing of crops.

    However, 12-year-old Chhotu Hakka of Sarkeguda, who was shot in the knees, told news channel NDTV correspondent Sreenivasan Jain that there were three or four Maoists present at the meeting that night. In hospital and isolated from others in his village, Chhotu appears in the news clip to be unaware of the line his village has taken - or was made to take by the Maoists - that there were no Maoists around that night.

    CRPF officials have pointed to bullet injuries sustained by their personnel as evidence of an encounter. While The Hindu has reported one villager as surmising that the police might have accidentally shot one another when they surrounded the village, the latter have countered that by pointing out that the bullets that caused injury were of the kind the Maoists use.

    Piecing together the various accounts, it seems that the CRPF operation was based on faulty intelligence. When troops from Jagarmunda reached Silgerh that night, they found no Maoists there.

    It does seem that Maoists called a meeting of villagers at Sarkeguda and lay in ambush there. When troops from the Basaguda camp passed Sarkeguda, the rebels fired at them, knowing well that the trigger-happy CRPF would retaliate and end up shooting into a crowd of innocent villagers. The CRPF walked into a Maoist trap that night.

    What followed was a massacre.

    It is hard to understand why the CRPF fired as it did. Surely it was aware that village meetings here are often of "indeterminate nature", writes Shoma Chaudhury in the Tehelka newsmagazine. "They know villagers are often summoned by Maoists for public hearings: These are orders that cannot be refused. If they didn't know whom they were firing at that night, why did they not retreat rather than shoot to kill at random?"

    Had the government simply admitted the terrible mistake the next morning, it might have limited the damage. Instead, a cover-up operation followed, adding salt to wounds.

    The manner in which serious charges appear to have been fabricated and slapped on some of the dead to prove that "Maoists" were indeed killed that night has fueled outrage.

    Home Affairs Minister P Chidambaram, under whose charge the CRPF falls, has defended the operation, as has the chief minister of Chhattisgarh, Raman Singh. Interestingly, the two belong to rival political parties, the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) respectively.

    Chidambaram has come under criticism not just from activists and civil society but also from his own colleagues in the Congress party. Federal Tribal Affairs Minister Kishore Chandra Deo has described the operation as a "fake encounter", and Congress politicians in Chhattisgarh have described it as a "botch-up". A report by the Congress' Chhattisgarh unit has listed and named seven children among those killed. No Maoists figure in this report. This is in sharp contrast to the statement issued by the home minister last week wherein he claimed that three Maoists were killed and, barring one 15-year-old boy, the dead were all adults.

    Neither the state nor the Maoists have come out looking good from the incident at Sarkeguda. Clearly, both have little regard for the tribals they claim to be liberating or for the young lives they have snuffed out.

    Two of the "top Maoists" who were killed that night were Kaka Nagesh, 15, and Madkam Ramvilas. They lived in a government hostel for schoolchildren and had come home for the summer vacation. Being among the villages' few educated boys, they were tasked with the responsibility of figuring out how much each villager had to contribute for the seed festival. Nagesh and Ramvilas were present at the meeting to share those figures.

    Earlier this year the two were among three students of Kottaguda village selected to visit the port city of Visakhapatnam for an educational tour. Their experiences at Visakhapatnam left a deep impression on the boys. It fired in Nagesh a dream to become mariner. As for Ramvilas, "He wanted to be a lawyer when he grew up," his sister says.

    Given their excellent performance in the government school they attended - the two were said to be the brightest in the school - they might have indeed achieved their dreams.

    On the night of June 27-28, the CRPF and Maoists ensured that those dreams died young.

    Sudha Ramachandran is an independent journalist/researcher based in Bangalore.

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    Garo rebels kill three in Meghalaya

    Shillong, July 20 (IANS) Three people, including a school teacher, were killed by rebels of the outlawed Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) in two separate incidents in Meghalaya's East Garo Hills district, police said Friday.
    The rebels gunned down the trio, accusing them of being police spies, in two different areas in the insurgency-ravaged district.

    Four armed GNLA rebels barged into the residence of Danny G. Momin in Resubelpara Thursday night and shot him dead.

    The science teacher was not working for the police, according to a senior police officer.

    In another incident, police Friday recovered two unidentified male bodies dumped by the GNLA on the roadside at Rongrong village.

    The GNLA left behind a note claiming responsibility for the killings.

    "The GNLA suspected that they were spying on them, but that's not the fact. The killing was an act of desperation and to instill fear among the people," said Inspector General of Police F.D. Sangma.

    The GNLA, which is headed by rogue police officer-turned rebel R. Sangma, has unleashed a reign of terror in the three impoverished districts of Garo Hills in western Meghalaya.

    More than 30 people, including security personnel, have been killed in the area in the last one year by the rebels.
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    Armed Conflicts in India

    Almost every state has separatist movements, many of them armed. A large number of Muslims were killed in the past few years across the country and the numbers are on a steady rise. On top of that India has become a paraya for its neighbours. None of its neighbours appreciate their closeness to India and they all blame it for meddling in their affairs.

    63 per cent of India’s new budget will go to the military, police, administration and debt service (2008-09). The military might of centric Hindu elites in Delhi isolated people of Jammu & Kashmir and the northeastern states. It is difficult for any community to feel part of a larger country when the armed forces of the country are deployed to silence them.

    According to an Indian official report , 165 of India’s 602 districts — mostly in states like Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh — are “badly affected” by tribal and dalit violence, which government termed as “Maoist terror”. India’s military spending was recorded at US $21.7 billion in 2006 and it planned to spend $26.5 billion during 2008/09 financial year. 85 percent of the Army’s budget is spent on the enormous manpower of 1,316,000, which is the fourth largest in the world.
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    The Red Corridor- a movement dividing India



    The area of central and northeast India from Bihar which borders Nepal to Andhra Pradesh constitutes the Red Corridor of India some forty percent of rural India.

    This area is also the forested and jungle area of India and it also happens to be the area where the poorest and most hunger stricken area of India which according to Binyak Sen and Arundhati Roy should be declared famine zones by the Indian Government.

    However the Indian Government has chosen food has a weapon of war to fight the Maoist and Adivasi rebellion.

    This area of the Red Corridor also happens to have rich mineral resources like coal and iron ore, bauxite, gold and diamonds. The Indian Government and State Governments has signed hundreds of Memorandums of Understanding ( MOU’S) with Multi National Corporations and Indian compradors selling both land and resources under the feet of the people who live there.

    The Maoists have also operated in this area for 30 years originally as separate groups like Peoples War and Party Unity and Maoist Communist Centre. They have long campaigned for the defence of the Adivasis and the unified party in 2004 launched a campaign against the Multi National Companies and the Indian Compradors.

    Hence this is the area of the greatest sympathy for the Maoists who are defending the Adivasis people against the Genocidal onslaught of the Indian Government with Operation Green Hunt. This is an Indian Government that would happily starve its Adivasis population to death so it can steal the minerals and resources for the MNC’s and the compradors.
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    2 die in serial landmine blasts

    Hazaribagh, July 23: A squad of 80 armed Maoists triggered eight powerful landmines in quick succession at an upcoming multi-crore police lines 4km from Giridih town in the small hours today, damaging six under-construction buildings and killing two labourers.

    Police later recovered pamphlets, saying the marathon attack that involved nine 50kg mines and gunfire was in protest against “forcible acquisition” of 40 acres from villagers of Paparwatand for the Rs 33-crore project, which envisages offices, quarters, barracks and armoury.

    Giridih superintendent of police A.V. Homkar said they had sealed the borders of the district and launched a massive combing operation with the help of CRPF.

    Sources said the Maoists, led by zonal commander Ajay Mahto, swooped at the project site in Paparwatand area, barely 500 metres from Muffasil police station, around 10pm. They split into two groups of 50 and 30. While the first squad stood guard, the others scaled the low boundary wall to sneak into the premises.

    The rebels first checked all the under-construction buildings and later planted nine landmines. Fifteen labourers, who were present at the site, were asked to run if they wished to live.

    Preetam Kumar, one of the workers, said two of their colleagues — Phulchand Hansda and Badku Hansda, both from Purulia — were sleeping. “The Maoists also hollered at them, asking them to vacate the building immediately, but they were in deep sleep,” he said.

    Around 12.35am, the Maoists triggered the first blast. Vikas Kumar, another labourer, said there were “explosions every three to four minutes”. Eight out of the nine landmines went off.

    As portions of buildings crumbled, Phulchand and Hansda were buried alive in debris. Another worker sustained injuries.

    Paparwatand residents too heard the explosions and, initially, thought Maoists had attacked their village.

    The whole operation lasted for more than three hours and the dozen-odd policemen on guard at the project site were easily outnumbered.

    Though they opened fire on Maoists soon after the landmines were triggered, the latter used cover fire to cross the Barakar river and escape into dense forests.

    A team of CRPF and police personnel, led by Homkar, reached the spot in the morning. They found the pamphlets and the lone landmine that failed to go off. A bomb disposal squad from Hazaribagh defused it in the afternoon.

    Homkar confirmed the two deaths and said the attack was spurred by fear of a new police lines. “All I can say is that this was an act of utter desperation,” he added.
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    Maoists launch twin attacks, kill 2 jawans

    Armed Maoists orchestrated two separate ambushes in Khunti and Seraikela-Kharsawan, killing two CRPF jawans and leaving an officer and four others injured.

    The twin attacks within three hours, in neighbouring districts and on forces engaged in anti-rebel offensive is a definite sign — even if modest in magnitude — of the CPI(Maoist)’s resurgence after the security force’s successful Saranda purge.

    The encounter in Khunti took place near a government school in Bokob village, 58km from the district headquarters and 100km from Ranchi.

    A 100-strong squad of Maoist sub-zonal commander Matiyas targeted a troop of 80 CRPF personnel — culled from the elite COBRA force and the 94th and 60th battalions — around 4.30am while they were preparing to cordon off the village following a tip-off on rebel presence.

    “The troops had barely reached the school when Maoists opened fire. A gun battle ensued and continued for some 30 minutes. Seven CRPF personnel sustained bullet wounds. Two of them succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital. The others, including an assistant commandant, have been admitted to Apollo hospital in Ranchi,” said DIG, South Chotanagpur, Sheetal Oraon.

    The deceased have been identified as 94th Battalion constables Birendra Sharma (25) and Santosh Kumar (26). Four constables and assistant commandant Ashish Kumar (25) are under treatment.

    Soon after the ambush there had been rumours that the jawans were killed in a cross-firing between the battalions. Sources had said that it was raining and some jawans who had taken shelter in the school were mistaken as Maoists.

    Jharkhand police chief G.S. Rath, however, scotched such reports. The DGP said he had directed DIG Oraon to probe the matter and the latter had visited the spot to confirm the encounter with Maoists.

    Oraon corroborated what Rath said. “There was no cross-firing between CRPF battalions. It was a clear-cut Maoist attack on forces busy in intelligence operation in the small hours,” he said after probe.

    IG (operations) S.N. Pradhan said the forces were in Bokob for an offensive. “The anti-rebel operation has been on for six days in Khunti, Seraikela-Kharsawan and West and East Singhbhum. It will continue,” he added.

    The other encounter took place around 2am in a forest in Chowka, 40km from Jamshedpur. Seraikela-Kharsawan SP Upendra Kumar said a squad of Maoist top gun Kundan Pahan fired on a long-range patrol party of the CRPF, but when the latter retaliated they disappeared into the jungle.

    “The squad is active in Tamar, Arki, Chowka, Kuchai, Bandhgaon and Kharsawan,” he said, adding that though over 50 rounds were fired from either side, no one was injured.
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