Dumka: During a joint search operation that was being conducted by the security forces and the police in order to apprehend the hiding, Maoists an encounter erupted when the Maoists opened fire at the search party of the security forces in Dumka district of Jharkhand in the early hours of Sunday, the police said.
In the encounter, a Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) jawan was killed and four others were injured, the police said. A minimum of five persons belonging to the Maoists group suffered bullet injuries in the encounter, but retreated into the forest of Taldangal, where the search operation was being conducted, Superintendent of Police (SP) Mr. Y.S. Ramesh said. The firing was done by the Maoists on the SSB’s joint team of local police at around 3.30 a.m. after they noticed the personnel, who also retaliated.
The causalities that occurred during the encounter are four SSB personnel suffered bullet injuries and one personal identified as Niraj Chetry, a resident of Sonitpur district in Assam, died. Rajesh Kumar Rai and Karan Kumar were airlifted to Ranchi for treatment, while Sonu Kumar and Satish Gujar have been admitted to the Dumka Sadar Hospital, the SSB said in a statement.
The CM Mr. Raghubar Das paid his tribute to the deceased Jawan and said in his speech that the entire State was with his family. He also said that the State is committed to rooting out the Maoist menace.