Five Maoists killed in Jharkhand encounter

By: Express News Service | Ranchi | Published: April 5, 2018 4:42:04 am

The two sub-zonal commanders, Shivlal Yadav and Shravan Yadav, both residents of Latehar, carried rewards of Rs 5 lakh each. (Representational)

Five Maoists, including two sub-zonal commanders of CPI (Maoists), were killed in an encounter with the security forces in a forest area under Herhanj police station area of Latehar district on Wednesday morning. The two sub-zonal commanders, Shivlal Yadav and Shravan Yadav, both residents of Latehar, carried rewards of Rs 5 lakh each. The identities of the other three are being established.

The police have recovered three AK-47 rifles, one INSAS and one .303 rifle, besides cartridges and other material from the spot. According to the police, the encounter started around 7.15 am and continued till 8.30 am on the border of Bargaon and Kedu villages in a densely forested area. The district police, Jharkhand Jaguar and CRPF’s 11th battalion took part in the encounter.

Police officials said that Shravan’s squad has been a regular menace in Latehar and surrounding areas. His squad was responsible for many Maoist incidents, including blowing up of Newari panchayat building in Latehar in February 2016. Besides, on being denied levy, his team also used to terrorise workers and…

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