Midnapore/Kolkata: In a major success
for security forces, 12 Maoists, including three women,
were shot dead and many more injured in an encounter today in
a forest in West Midnapore, almost a year after anti-Naxal
operations were launched in the district in West Bengal.
"Twelve Maoists were killed by the joint forces. It is a
major success. We found eight bodies. We have information that
four of the bodies were carried away by Maoists while many
more were injured," Director General of Police Bhupinder Singh
told reporters in Kolkata.
"Acting on a tip off that 40 to 45 Maoists had gathered
at Duli village near Ranja forest in Salboni police station
area, a team of commandos and special forces of CRPF and
police closed in," the DGP said.
"When the Maoists opened fire, the forces retaliated,"
He said Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Union Home
Secretary G K Pillai congratulated the joint forces for the
"Though none of the bodies has been indentified, there is
information that a big Maoist leader is among them," Singh
Admitting deaths, Maoist spokesperson Akash told PTI from
an undisclosed location that "the joint forces attacked us in
the morning. They belonged the to the People`s Liberation
Guerrilla Army, the armed wing of Maoists. They were asleep at