A Maoist squad leader was killed today in an exchange of fire with joint security forces in Jamtal jungle in West Midnapore district, police said.
Yudhistir Mahato alias Aryun was killed when security forces purportedly opened retaliatory fire after Maoists attacked them during a combing operation in the area.
Police said the joint forces had raided the area on a tip-off that Mahato was holding a meeting in the jungle. Other rebels present there managed to escape.
Mahato, hailing from Barikul area of Bankura district, was a member of Madan Mahato squad and had recently been given the organisational charge of Belpahari area, police said.