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Officials said a heavy exchange of fire took place between the two sides and CRPF's second-in-command H K Jha was seriously injured.

A CRPF officer killed on Friday during an anti-Naxal operation in Jharkhand’s Giridih district.

The incident happened early on Friday when a joint squad of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and state police was out for an operation in Lakheri area of Giridih district.

Officials said a heavy exchange of fire took place between the two sides and CRPF’s second-in-command H K Jha was seriously injured in the encounter.

“The officer later succumbed to his injuries.No other injuries have been inflicted on the forces side,” a senior officer said.

During the operation, two Naxalites have been held with some arms and ammunition and a search operation has been launched in the area, the official said.

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