Latehar encounter toll goes up to 13



Ranchi: The toll in Monday’s encounter in Jharkhand's Latehar district has gone up to 13, as the Maoists booby-trapped the bodies with explosives which exploded subsequently causing the high casualty figure.

"Nine CRPF and a Jharkhand Jaguar personnel and three civilians were killed in the encounter with Maoists," Director General of Police G S Rath said here on Wednesday.

Thirteen CRPF and two Jaguar personnel suffered injuries, he said.

The rebels planted explosives underneath the bodies, which exploded when other personnel went to remove them.

Two villagers had died yesterday and the body of another was recovered today, the DGP said.

The police had confirmed had confirmed the death of seven CRPF personnel on Monday.

The CRPF’s 134 and 112 battalions and Jharkhand Jaguar personnel were engaged in the anti-naxal operations when the encounter took place near Katila locality of Amuatikar village of the district.

PTI