Eight policemen were killed and 10 injured during a fierce encounter with Maoists, who kidnapped three security personnel and decamped with 35 of their rifles in Lakhisarai district.
Among those killed in the encounter yesterday were six Bihar Military Police personnel, the Officer-in-Charge of Kawaiya police outpost Bhulan Yadav, and a policeman, Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar Singh told PTI from the spot.
Singh, who trekked to the hilly spot leading a team comprising BMP, State Auxiliary Force and CRPF, found the eight bodies. The bodies would be airlifted for post-mortem before being handed over to their families, he said. The SP said three policemen were missing after the encounter and it was believed that the Maoists took them away. A helicopter was making an aerial survey to locate the missing personnel, he said.
The Maoists had opened fire at team of CRPF, BMP and SAP personnel during a combing operation at Ramtalnagar village under Kajtra police station in the district, Singh said. The Maoists fled after the encounter. The entire area had been cordoned off, he said.