Three Maoist guerrillas were killed in a gun battle with security forces on the outskirts of this Jharkhand capital, police said on Sunday.
The gun battle took place near Jonha, around 45 km from Ranchi, late on Saturday.
After a tip-off, police had launched a search operation along with the para-military forces.
"Maoist rebels were going somewhere in two vehicles. When police tried to stop them, they started firing at the police. In the gun battle, three Maoist guerrillas were killed," a police officer said.
The police officer said three rifles, live cartridges, hand grenades and other weapons were recovered from the killed rebels.
According to police, the rebels belonged to the Kundan Pahan group which is active in bordering areas of Ranchi, Jamshedur and Khuti.