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Dy Commandant of anti-Maoist force killed in encounter

The encounter came two days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah met Chief Ministers and top officials from 10 states affected by Left Wing Extremism.

Written by Abhishek Angad | Ranchi |
September 29, 2021 9:16:15 am
Hemant Soren, Jharkhand CM, Caste census, Supreme Court, Modi, Narendra Modi, Indian express, Indian express news, current affairs, India newsAnnouncing the death of the officer, Chief Minister Hemant Soren posted on social media: “During the search operation in Latehar area, we lost Deputy Commandant Rajesh Kumar... May his family get strength in an hour of grief.” (File)

A DEPUTY Commandant of Jharkhand Jaguar, a special police force dealing with Left Wing Extremism, was killed in a gunfight with members of a banned Maoist splinter group during a combing operation in Saliya forest area of Latehar district on Tuesday.

A member of the Maoist group Jharkhand Jan Mukti Parishad (JJMP) was also killed in the encounter. Several weapons, including an AK-47 rifle, were recovered from the encounter site, sources said.

The encounter came two days after Union Home Minister Amit Shah met Chief Ministers and top officials from 10 states affected by Left Wing Extremism.

Announcing the death of the officer, Chief Minister Hemant Soren posted on social media: “During the search operation in Latehar area, we lost Deputy Commandant Rajesh Kumar… May his family get strength in an hour of grief.”

The 41-year-old officer, who joined the BSF in 2007, was on deputation in Jharkhand Jaguar since 2018.

Sources said a Jharkhand Jaguar team was on a search operation in Saliya forest area, around 10 km from Latehar district police headquarters, when the JJMP extremists opened fire on them. During the two-hour gunfight, a Maoist was killed and Deputy Commandant Kumar sustained bullet injuries, they said. Kumar was taken to Latehar and then airlifted to Ranchi for treatment. He died at hospital in the course of treatment, a press release issued by Jharkhand Police said.

This is the second such incident this year in which a Jharkhand Jaguar personnel has been killed. In March, three constables of the unit were killed and two injured in a Claymore mine explosion triggered by Maoists in Chaibasa area of West Singhbhum district.

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