A Maoist surrendered and an American make gun was seized after an encounter broke out between security forces and the rebels in Palamau district on Sunday, police said. CRPF and district police had surrounded the area since last night following a tip-off that about 25 Maoists, including three self-styled sub-zonal commanders, had assembled near Sernia village. “During the 30-minute encounter which began around 6 am, the security forces fired fifty rounds as against the Maoists’ hundred bullets. Maoist Raj Kumar Yadav was arrested after he surrendered. Others fled the spot,” Superintendent of Police Anup T Mathew and CRPF Commandant Anil Minz told reporters here.
A US-made gun, three rifles, a country-made pistol and carbine were recovered after the gun battle, they said. The three self-styled sub-zonal commanders who escaped were identified as — Vishal, Kalika and Raman, police said, adding that there was no casualty on any side. Four mobile phones and other materials were also found at the spot.