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15 Maoists killed in J’khand

15 Maoists killed in J’khand
In a clash between the CPI (Maoists) and Tritioya Prastitui Committee (TPC), a splinter group of Maoists, 15 top Maoists, including their area, zonal and platoon commanders were killed at Lakarbandha village in Chatra district. One central area committee member was also killed in the fierce fighting which continued till wee hours of Thursday.

Director General of Police (DGP) Rajiv Kumar said that police has so far recovered ten bodies from the forests in Lakarbagha panchayat under Kunda police station of Chatra district after the gunfight between the two banned outfits concluded. ‘While nine were in their usual fatigue, one was in civil dress,’ he said. Police have also recovered one AK-47, two 303 police rifle, three .315 rifle and huge quantity of ammunition along with Maoist literature from the site.

Those killed in the incident include member of the Bihar Jharkhand special area committee (BJSAC) Lavlesh Singh who was one of the top leaders of Madhya Zonal committee operative in Bihar and Jharkhand, Platoon commander of the BJSAC Jai Kumar Yadav, Zonal commander Dharmendra Yadav and members Koel Shankh zone Prafulla Yadav and Mitesh Yadav. Their bodies have been recovered and brought to the district headquarters at Chatra. Police spokesperson Richard Lakra said that other bodies have not been identified yet.

Giving details of the incident Lakra said that an encounter between the Maoists and the TPC began at around 2pm on Wednesday which continued till 2am on Thursday. ‘On receiving information, police teams from the Chatra district headquarter along with troops of the Cobra battalion ventured into the forests at around 3am and as the day broke, police spotted the dead bodies of the Maoists there,’ he said.

The DGP claimed that the death of its area, zonal and platoon commanders was a heavy blow to Maoists. He said that as the state police had recently launched heavy offensive against them in neighbouring Gumla district, the Maoists were trying to escape to Bihar during the night hours, when the TPC caught them and engaged them in a gun-battle. The DGP claimed the TPC’s attack
on the CPI(Maoists) was an act of revenge as the Maoists had killed some TPC leaders at Gumla on 13 March.

Maoist sources have claimed that the TPC was backed by police and there was no encounter. Sources said that the Maoist group was caught up in a sudden attack by a large number of armed people while they were moving in the Lakarbagha forests.

Tritiya Prastitui Committee-Third Preparatory Committee is an outfit of CPI(Maoists) created in 2002 following a number of Maoists walking out of the parent organisation and floating their own organisation. The splinters had alleged the CPI(Maoists) was dominated by a particular caste — Yadavas, who influenced the decision-making process. The new organisation consisted of tribals — Mundas, Oraons and Bhoktas.

The TPC in its resolution had declared police machinery was not its main enemy, but the CPI(Maoists).

THE RED TERROR
  • Police have also recovered one AK-47, two 303 police rifle, three .315 rifle and huge quantity of ammunition along with Maoist literature from the site

  • One central area committee member was also killed in the fierce fighting

  • DGP Rajiv Kumar said that police has so far recovered ten bodies from the forests in Lakarbagha panchayat under Kunda police station of Chatra district

  • Those killed in the incident include member of the Bihar Jharkhand special area committee (BJSAC) Lavlesh Singh who was one of the top leaders of Madhya Zonal committee operative in Bihar and Jharkhand, Platoon commander of the BJSAC Jai Kumar Yadav, Zonal commander Dharmendra Yadav and members Koel Shankh zone Prafulla Yadav and Mitesh Yadav
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