Top Naxal leader killed in J’khand encounter
Dumka, Jan. 13: A wanted Naxalite, carrying a reward of ` 10 lakh, was killed by security forces in an encounter in Jharkhand’s Dumka district on on Sunday, police said.
Shahdeo Rai alias Talada was killed in an encounter in the jungles of Shikaripara in Dumka. He was the prime accused in the killing of the then Superintendent of Police, Pakur district, Amarjeet Balihar, in July 2013, Superintendent of Police, Y. S. Ramesh said. Based on inputs that Naxals have taken shelter in Chatupara and planning to extort money, the District Armed Police and Sashastra Seema Bal ( SSB) battalion launched antiNaxal operation since Saturday night.
The Maoists started firing at the approaching security personnel at around 7 am today forcing retaliation, Ramesh said.
Talada, who was wanted in around 50 Naxal- related cases in Santhal Paragana, was killed in the cross firing. An AK- 47 rifle and an INSAS rifle, large quantity of ammunition and magzines among other items were recovered from the spot, he said. Ramesh said over 500 rounds were fired from both sides during the encounter.