A Jharkhand armed police jawan was killed and a sub-inspector injured when suspected Maoists fired at them at Chak in Palamu district on Thursday, as extremists struck in the state on the eve of the Independence day.
Three motor-cycle-borne ultras fired from Ak-47 rifles and nine mm pistol on six jawans including Sub-inspector Sunil Chetri, about 2 km from the Chak picket, Superintendent of Police Deepak Verma said.
A jawan, Ramesh Chetri, hailing from Padma in Nepal, was killed after hit by six bullets on his back while his colleague Sunil suffered bullet injury on hip.
Sunil was referred to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi for treatment, he said adding all the jawans were posted at Chak picket in view of the naxal activities in the area.
The duo were proceeding to a nearby tea stall when they were attacked by the ultras.
The district police sealed adjoining border and a combing operation led by Verma was continuing.