A self-styled sub-zonal commander of the CPI (Maoist) was killed while his two associates were arrested following a fierce encounter with the police at Bardi village in Naxal-hit Ghatsila sub-division of East Singhbhum district.
DIG (Kolhan) Navin Kumar Singh said that Dalma squad sub-zonal commander Arup Mochi was killed and two other Maoists - Maheshwar Mahto and Ganesh Chandra Tudu - were arrested in the encounter on Monday night.
Singh said that one more person was detained for interrogation.
The police also recovered two police rifles, one 9mm pistol and one 7.65 mm pistol along with a large quantity of live cartridges and cash from the spot.
The encounter took place a day after suspected Maoists shot at and critically injured a villager at Sonahatu village under Chakulia police station.