Ranchi : A villager was killed and a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper injured in a Maoist attack on the outskirts of this Jharkhand capital, police said Wednesday.
Around 100 Maoist rebels attacked a police picket in Bundu block on the outskirts here late Tuesday. “The guerrillas and security personnel were in a fire fight for nearly three hours,” a police officer said.
“In the cross fire, a villager was killed and one CRPF jawan was injured. The injured CRPF jawan has been admitted to Apollo hospital here,” the officer said.
The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) had called off a two-day shutdown Tuesday protesting the arrest of two rebel leaders — Anil Kumar, a politburo member and Kartik, a central committee member of the banned group — after the police produced them in public.
Maoist guerrillas are active in 18 of the 24 districts of Jharkhand. Nearly 1,500 people have been killed in Maoist-related violence in the last eight years.