Security forces killed seven alleged Maoists on Tuesday in a firefight in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, while in Jharkhand’s Bokaro the police recovered a huge cache of arms and ammunition.
Dantewada SP Amresh Mishra told HT that the police had so far recovered seven bodies. He said, “There is a possibility of more rebels having been killed in the gun-battle that continued for over half an hour.”
He said the ultras ambushed a joint patrolling party betwen Palori and Tetemargu in the Bastar’s Dantewada district, about 500 km south of state capital Raipur.
Also, joint team of the Jharkhand and Bihar police captured arms and ammunition on Tuesday in Bokaro, about 120 km from state capital Ranchi.
The police unearthed 32,000 live cartridges, an AK-47 rifle, two INSAS rifles, three hand grenades and explosives. The Bihar Police is on the third day of a special drive to stop arms smuggling into Jharkhand for use in the assembly elections in December.
On November 8, police seized liquid explosive, 14 carbine-manufacturing machines, two pistols, 7,221 live cartridges, 50 detonators, and a box of Maoist literature from Kankerbagh.