Three Maoists were killed in an encounter with CRPF jawans at Giridih district of Jharkhand. One security personnel also lost his life during a special operation launched by the 7th Battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in forest area in Belbha Ghat of the state. The encounter between the two sides took place around 6 am.
"Bodies of 3 Maoists along with 1 AK-47 rifle, 3 magazines, and 4 pipe bombs were recovered from the encounter site," reported ANI.
Giridih: Bodies of 3 Naxals along with 1 AK-47 rifle, 3 magazines & 4 pipe bombs recovered after 7 battalion of CRPF carried out special operations in forest area in Belbha Ghat today wherein an encounter broke out with Naxals. One CRPF personnel lost his life. #Jharkhand pic.twitter.com/J9UK86ME2f— ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2019
The force is looking for more recoveries and a search is being conducted in the encounter area, officials said.
Security forces are on high alert as Jharkhand will go to polls in the final four phases of the seven-phase Lok Sabha election.
Earlier, a Maoist was killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district on the day of polling for the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday.
The encounter took place in the restive Orchha area of the district when ultras attacked a team of security forces guarding a helipad, Director General (Anti-Naxal Operation) Girdhari Nayak said.