Maoist killed in Bengal gunfight

Kolkata, Jan 4 (IANS) A Maoist was killed and another injured Tuesday in a gunbattle with security forces in West Bengal’s West Midnapore district, police said.

Acting on intelligence inputs that a group of armed rebels had taken shelter at Baxibandh forest near Lalgarh, security personnel conducted a raid early Tuesday.

‘The members of the Communist Party of India-Maoist, led by squad leader Tota were hiding in the Baxibandh forest. While Tota and few other members of the squad managed to escape, Saheb Kisku was killed and Sudhan Soren was injured in the crossfire,’ a police officer said.

‘The injured rebel has been rushed to hospital and four other suspected Maoist linkmen have been arrested during search operations conducted by the security personnel in and around the forest. Two fire arms, landmines, detonator and ammunitions have been recovered,’ West Midnapore Police Superintendent Manoj Verma told IANS over phone.

Maoists are active in three western districts of the state – West Midnapore, Purulia and Bankura.

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