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Dozen Maoists killed in encounter?

Chaibasa (Jharkhand): A CRPF commando was shot dead and a dozen Maoists possibly killed during an encounter in Jharkhand's West Singhbhum district, police said on Monday.

The security forces — a combined team of the CRPF and the State police — recovered claymore mines and ammonium nitrate after the almost 24-hour gun battle in Bandgaon which ended on Sunday night.

Himmat Singh, a commando of the 203 battalion of the Special Action Force of the CRPF, was killed while six personnel were injured, a senior CRPF officer said.

“About a dozen Maoists were hit by the security forces and there is all possibility that they might have been killed,” West Singhbhum Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Jha said. The bodies of the Naxals were yet to be recovered, Mr. Jha said.

Villagers had also indicated that some Maoists were killed in the operation, the CRPF officer said. The recovery from the hideout included 20 claymore mines, 60 bags of ammonium nitrate, one electric metal cutter, three solar panel plates and 300 kg of rice and fish, the officer said. — PTI

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