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RAJNANDGAON, 8 JUNE: A Maoist commander, who was carrying a reward of Rs 2.10 lakh on his head, was killed in a fierce gun-battle with security personnel in the Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh this afternoon, police said.
“The face-off between the Maoists and joint contingent of district police and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) took place in the forests of Bukmarka Pahadi area under Manpur police station limits (over 100 kms from Rajnandgaon town) today afternoon,” Rajnandgaon superintendent of police, Mr Sanjeev Shukla told PTI.
“The killed Maoist has been identified as Udham Singh, Commander of Mohla LOS (Local Operating Squad) and secretary of the Mohla Manpur area committee of Maoists,” the SP said, adding, he was carrying a reward of Rs 2.10 lakh on his head.
According to the officer, the patrol party was on a combing operation for the past few days in the border region of Chhattisagarh and Maharashtra. In the afternoon, on seeing the patrol party in Bukmarka Pahadi, ultras started firing indiscriminately at them. The search party retaliated and in the ensuing gunfight that lasted for nearly two hours, the Maoist commander was killed, the SP said.
“Two more Maoists had received bullet injuries, but owing to the heavy rains, the ultras managed to take them to the core forest region. However, the commander’s body was later recovered,” the SP said.
Police also recovered one SLR, one Insas rifle, two 12 bore guns, one 315 bore katta (country-made pistol), live cartridges of SLR and other rifles and a couple of detonators, the SP said.