Forces watch for Maoist movement at Jhumra Hills

A senior police officer said they were on the lookout for Maoist movement through helicopter surveillance over the Jhumra Hills in Bokaro district, even as they had undertaken a massive combing operation in the foothills.

“A massive search operation by the CRPF/state police in the Jhumra Hills is continuing. We are watching their movement and their hideouts through helicopter surveillance,” said Deputy Inspector General of Police (Bokaro) Laxman Prasad Singh.

The stepped up operation has come after the Maoists had killed two CoBRA jawans and wounded three securitymen during the encounter on Tuesday near Amman jungles of Jhumra Hills. “The security men also saw their bullets hitting some Maoists (on Tuesday), but the ultras took them away under cover of darkness”, he claimed adding a Maoist camp was busted after the gunfight.

Police forces in bordering districts of Hazaribagh and Giridih had been asked to join the operation from their sides to surround the rebels, he said.

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