Maoist guerrilla killed in Jharkhand gun battle

Ranchi, March 7 (IANS) A Maoist guerrilla was killed on Monday in a gun battle with security forces in Jharkhand’s Palamau district, police said.

The encounter took place in a jungle area under Paki police station of Palamau district which is about 160 km from here, said a police official.

The guerrilla belonging to the People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) was killed.

Three rifles, live cartridges and some incriminating documents that he had on his person were seized by the police, the official said.

Seven Maoist groups are active in Jharkhand, two of which, PLFI and CPI-Maoist, have been banned by the state government.

As many as 18 of the 24 districts of the state are affected by Maoist violence.

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