Maoist encounter: Security personnel succumbs

One of the two joint security force personnel injured in an encounter with Maoists in West Bengal’s Purulia district and died in a Ranchi hospital on Saturday even as two Maoists were arrested in connection with the killing of two Trinamool Congress workers.

Purulia Superintendent of Police Sunil Kumar Chowdhury said the security force personnel of a Naga regiment, who was seriously injured in an encounter with the Ayodhya squad of the Maoists in Balarampur on November 14, died at a hospital in Ranchi.

The encounter followed the killing of two Trinamool Congress workers Ajit Singh Sardar and his son Baku Singh Sardar at Balarampur. Two Maoists had also been killed in the encounter.

In another development, two of the killers of the Trinamool Congress workers, Maoists Sanjay Das and Parasuram Das were arrested late last night from Sonachura and Gangra villages in East Midnapore district, East Midnapore Superintendent of Police Ashok Biswas said.

The arrested Maoists were also responsible for the killing of Nandigram-Sonachura gram panchayat pradhan Nishikanata Mondal in 2009, he said.

In junglemahal, comprising the forested areas of West Midnapore, Bankura and Purulia districts, stepped up operations by the joint forces continued.

In West Midnapore district, two-member teams of the joint forces on motorcycles patrolled remote villages in Maoist-hit Jhargram, Belpahari, Nayagram, Lalgarh and Binpur police station areas, police sources said.

Seven to eight of the two-member teams were patrolling ‘kutcha’ roads in remote villages where vehicles cannot enter, the sources said.

The police apprehended that with the huge quantity of arms and ammunition seized in the last few days in junglemahal, the Maoists could raid police stations as they did at the Sankrail police station in 2009 killing the officer-in-charge and another police officer and decamping with all weapons.

The Maoists had also taken away weapons after the raid on the EFR camp in Silda, which left 18 EFR personnel dead.

In Purulia district, the patrols around the Maoist-hit Ayodhya hills was extended to a fifth police station area Jhalda. The patrols were also continuing in Bagmundi, Bandwan, Balarampur and Arsa police station limits for the Ayodha squad members of the Maoists.

In Bankura district, a police rifle snatched away by Maoists from the Ranibandh police station was found in a forest, the sources said.

Patrols by the joint forces were continuing in Sarenga, Barikul, Simlapal and Raipur police station areas, and portions of the Khetra police station area, they added.

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