Saturday, December 02, 2006

One Naxal dead in encounter with police in Palamau

One Naxal dead in encounter with police in Palamau
Medininagar (Jharkhand), Dec 02: A suspected Maoist was today killed in an encounter between police and the extremists near chat village in Palamau district, a senior police official said here.

The man, identified as Raj Kumar Bhuyan, died while being shifted to a local hospital after he was injured in the encounter, Superintendent of Police Udayan Kumar Singh told reporters here.

Acting on a tip-off that the Maoists had assembled near the village to plan a strike in the district, the police rushed to the spot, and in the ensuing encounter the Bhuyan suffered bullet injuries, he added.

The police picked up another suspected Maoist, Harihar Mahto, for interrogation, he said.

The police recovered a sten gun, two stolen rifles, two regular rifles, three double-barrel guns and 400 live cartridges from the encounter site, he added.

In a separate incident in neighbouring Latehar district, Mahuatand block development officer Vijay Kujur has been reported missing since last night, according to Deputy Inspector General of Police (Palamau range) O P Khare.

Khare said efforts were on to trace the BDO.

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