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Maoists, CRPF trooper killed in Bengal encounter

Two Maoists and a CRPF trooper were killed in a heavy gunbattle between the rebels and the paramilitary forces.

india Updated: Dec 16, 2006 13:23 IST

Two Maoists and a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper were killed in a heavy gunbattle between the rebels and the paramilitary forces at Barikul in Bankura district of West Bengal on Friday night.

About 12 Maoists were holding a meeting in Bagdubi village in Barikul's Sarensokra, about 250 km from Kolkata, when a contingent of 30 CRPF troopers reached the spot on a tip-off, police said on Saturday.

The Maoists had gathered in a school building to execute a Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Rabin Hembram. The rebels started firing when they saw the CRPF troopers, triggering a heavy exchange of fire.

"Two rebels and one CRPF man died on the spot," said Rajesh Kumar, Bankura Superintendent of Police.

Many of the injured CRPF troopers have been admitted in the Bankura Medical College and Hospital.

"Our force had to fire with great restraint because there were many civilians in the gathering, including women and elderly people," Kumar said.

Some of the rebels escaped in the forest area.

The 50-odd troopers had been posted at Sarensokra after the Maoists struck at Barikul on July 9, 2005.

Prabal Sengupta, the then officer-in-charge of Barikul police station, died when he tried to open a bag containing explosives that was left behind by Maoists on their way into a forest after killing two local CPM activists.

First Published: Dec 16, 2006 13:23 IST