A Special Auxiliary Police (SAP) jawan and six activists of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) were killed in a fierce encounter at Chaturpatti village under Paroo police station in Muzaffarpur district on late Thursday evening. The officials, however, confirmed the death of only two persons, including a SAP jawan.
Police, in coordination with the Special Auxiliary Police (SAP), launched an intensive combing operation in the western parts of the district. Muzaffarpur Superintendent of Police (SP) Sudhanshu Kumar said on Friday that the police carried out house-to-house search at Chaturpatti village where an unspecified number of Maoists had assembled to chalk out strategy for their operation in the area. However, no firearm was recovered during the search, he added.
The search operation was carried out at Bisunpur, Daudpur, Bhojpatti, Saraiya and Chintaha villages. Seven persons, including two women, were detained for interrogation. Those detained include Shatrughan Ram, Subodh Ram, Shiv Ram, Jai Prakash, Kamleshi Devi and Chanda Devi.
The SP said that the cops fought valiantly with the ultras and shot many of them. However, the Naxals managed to escape with the bodies of their cadres under the cover of darkness. “Thick bloodstains spread in mustard crop fields hinted at the death of at least four Maoists in a heavy exchange of fire,” Kumar said.
The police, however, recovered only one body from the encounter site. The body was later identified as that of Kamleshwar Ram, a resident of Chaturpatti village. “Efforts are on to ascertain the identity of the villagers, who have been providing shelter to the Maoists,” the SP said, adding that the station house officers of adjoining police stations have been asked to cooperate with the raiding team in the drive against ultras.
The SP admitted that the extremists were trying to strengthen their base in the region. “The police have already launched a drive to flush them out,” he said. A posse of armed police force led by deputy superintendent of police (west) Pankaj Kumar has been deployed at the village.
In the meantime, the body of the deceased SAP jawan, Om Prakash Tiwari, was handed over to his relatives after guard of honour at the police lines. Tiwari was a resident of Buxar district.
Meanwhile, the police headquarters has directed the SPs of Tirhut and Saran divisions to step up security in the areas falling under their jurisdiction in the wake of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s ‘Vikas Yatra’.