One Maoist killed in gun battle with joint forces



Jhargram (WB): In a gun battle between the joint security forces and Maoists inside a forest in West Midnapore district on Wednesday, one ultra was killed, police said.

Personnel of the joint forces and policemen from Belpahari police station raided forested areas of Talpukuria and Madhupur, adjacent to Barikul area of neighbouring Bankura district, where the Maoists had attacked two camps of security personnel on January 25 killing one.

The sources said the raid followed a tip off that the Maoists group involved in the attack in Barikul had taken shelter in the forested area.

Seeing the securitymen, the Maoists started firing and the men in uniform retaliated. After a three-hour gun battle, the ultras managed to flee.

The body of one Maoist was found in the forest, the sources said adding his body was taken to Belpahari.

Unconfirmed reports, however, put to the toll to two. Meanwhile, a Bankura report said an IRB personnel, Ajoy Pande, who had gone missing after the attack in the camps, came to the Barikul police station this morning.

However, the police were tightlipped about what had happened to him during and after the attack. He was being questioned.

It had been suspected that Pande was kidnapped by the Maoists.

PTI