GARHWA: An encounter took place between Ranka police and the Maoists in Premnagar forest located at Bishrampur village under Ranka police station area of the district on Thursday evening. Police resorted to 90 rounds of firing in answer to the indiscriminate firing by the Maoists and forced them to flee from the spot.
The encounter lasted for an hour from 7.30pm to 8.30pm, Garhwa SP Michael Raj S said on Friday. The SP also said police recovered one can bomb weighing 5kg, 20 detonators, a good number of Maoist literature, documents, pittu, used cartridges and cooking utensils from the spot. This apart, police also recovered a letter from the spot which demanded an end to all the operations in the state against the Maoists and was addressed to the Jharkhand legislators.
However, no casualty was reported from either side. But police claimed that some Maoists might have been injured during the encounter. They said blood spots were found at the spot when they went to take stock of the situation the following morning. Meanwhile, the SP said police were conducting raids in Premnagar forest where they saw a gathering of Maoists. Seeing the police, the Maoists started firing at them.