A jawan of State Auxiliary Police (SAP) was killed in an encounter with naxalites in the Tarchuan forests on Bihar-Jharkhand borders today.
On a specific information that naxalites had assembled in the forest, police teams of Gaya and Aurangabad districts along with CRPF jawans encircled two bunkers in which the naxalites were hiding, Gaya district Superintendent of Police R Mallar Vizzi told reporters in Gaya.
Ashok Kumar Jha, a SAP jawan, was killed in the indiscriminate firing of naxalites.
The slain SAP jawan was posted at Aamas police station in the district, the SP said, adding police also retaliated fire but the naxalites managed to cross over to Jharkhand.
The police found three firearms which the naxalites left behind while fleeing.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (Magadh range) Pravin Vashist and the SP have rushed to the encounter site with reinforcements.