Maoist encounter: Security personnel succumbs

One of the two joint security force personnel injured in an encounter with Maoists in West Bengal`s Purulia district.

Kolkata: One of the two joint security force
personnel injured in an encounter with Maoists in West
Bengal`s Purulia district and died in a Ranchi hospital on Saturday even
as two Maoists were arrested in connection with the killing of
two Trinamool Congress workers.

Purulia Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar Chowdhury
said the security force personnel of a Naga regiment, who was
seriously injured in an encounter with the Ayodhya squad of
the Maoists in Balarampur on November 14, died at a hospital
in Ranchi.

The encounter followed the killing of two Trinamool
Congress workers Ajit Singh Sardar and his son Baku Singh
Sardar at Balarampur. Two Maoists had also been killed in the

In another development, two of the killers of the
Trinamool Congress workers, Maoists Sanjay Das and Parasuram
Das were arrested late last night from Sonachura and Gangra
villages in East Midnapore district, East Midnapore
Superintendent of Police Ashok Biswas said.

The arrested Maoists were also responsible for the
killing of Nandigram-Sonachura gram panchayat pradhan
Nishikanata Mondal in 2009, he said.

In junglemahal, comprising the forested areas of West
Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts, stepped up
operations by the joint forces continued.

In West Midnapore district, two-member teams of the joint
forces on motorcycles patrolled remote villages in Maoist-hit
Jhargram, Belpahari, Nayagram, Lalgarh and Binpur police
station areas, police sources said.

Seven to eight of the two-member teams were patrolling
`kutcha` roads in remote villages where vehicles cannot
enter, the sources said.

The police apprehended that with the huge quantity of
arms and ammunition seized in the last few days in
junglemahal, the Maoists could raid police stations as they did at the
Sankrail police station in 2009 killing the officer-in-charge
and another police officer and decamping with all weapons.

The Maoists had also taken away weapons after the raid
on the EFR camp in Silda, which left 18 EFR personnel dead.

In Purulia district, the patrols around the Maoist-hit
Ayodhya hills was extended to a fifth police station area Jhalda. The patrols were also continuing in Bagmundi, Bandwan,
Balarampur and Arsa police station limits for the Ayodha squad
members of the Maoists.

In Bankura district, a police rifle snatched away by
Maoists from the Ranibandh police station was found in a
forest, the sources said.

Patrols by the joint forces were continuing in Sarenga,
Barikul, Simlapal and Raipur police station areas, and
portions of the Khetra police station area, they added.


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