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5 Naxals Dead, 2 Injured in Security Encounter in Jharkhand

Two-AK 47s, one 303 rifle and five pistols have been recovered from the Naxals during the encounter on Tuesday.

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Visuals of one of the Naxals held by security forces during the encounter. 
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At least five Naxals were killed in an encounter with security forces in West Singhbhum district, Jharkhand, in Tuesday, 29 January, reported PTI.

Two AK 47 rifles, two .315 rifles, one 9 mm pistol, three or four country-made weapons, a large number of bullets, blankets and other materials were recovered from the encounter spot, reported PTI.

Two Naxals were severely injured during the encounter and have been admitted to the hospital, according to ANI.

The five killed were members of Peoples’ Liberation Front of India (PLFI), the SP of Khunti, Alok told ANI. The PLFI is a splinter group of the CPI(Maoist).

The encounter started when a team of CRPF's 209 Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) battalion and state police had an exchange of fire with Naxals near the Rotkatoli village under Bari police station, along the border of Khunti and West Singhbhum districts around 6:20 am, reported PTI.

No one in the security forces suffered any injury.

Inspector General of Police (Operation) Ashish Batra said that a second encounter broke out Tuesday when security forces rushed to a spot in Latehar districts Kumandi area after getting information that a Maoist squad was present there, reported PTI.

"Follow-up action is on and we expect to get success in that encounter too," the IGP (Operation) said, adding that continuous efforts are on and operations are launched wherever information is being received about the presence of Naxalites so that they can be rooted out.

(With inputs from ANI and PTI.)

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