Naxal encounter: Rajnath speaks to injured Ranchi SSP; two others hurt, 1 constable dead

A senior police official was injured, while his driver and a Maoist guerrilla were killed in a gun battle with a group of insurgents on Tuesday on the outskirts of the Jharkhand capital, police said.

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2015, 00:31 AM IST
Naxal encounter: Rajnath speaks to injured Ranchi SSP; two others hurt, 1 constable dead

Ranchi: A senior police official was injured, while his driver and a Maoist guerrilla were killed in a gun battle with a group of insurgents on Tuesday on the outskirts of the Jharkhand capital, police said.

Ranchi Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Prabhat Kumar, who was injured in the gunfight in Khuti district, was rushed to a hospital, an official said.

Police said Prabhat Kumar along with a police team went on an operation after receiving information about the presence of a few Maoists in the area.

When the police team reached the spot, the Maoists surrounded them and started firing at the police vehicle.

In the firing, the SSP sustained bullet injuries on his hand and chest and his driver was killed.

One Maoist guerrilla was also killed when the police team retaliated.

The Ranchi SSP was first admitted to the Khuti Sadar hospital and after initial treatment, he was referred to Ranchi.

He was admitted to a hospital in Ranchi and, according to doctors, was out of danger.

Meanwhile, Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Prabhat Kumar and enquired about his health.

"I have spoken to Ranchi SSP Prabhat Kumar who displayed exemplary courage while fighting a Naxal group in Jharkhand," he said in a statement.

(With Agency inputs)