Security forces neutralized four notorious Naxal in the states of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.
A notorious Naxal carrying a reward of Rs 15 lakh was killed by security forces in the forest area of Jharkhand's Krurmgrah on Thursday (July 15), officials said.
A joint team led by the 209th battalion of CRPF's CoBRA unit and Jharkhand Police neutralized the topmost Naxal Budeshwar Oraon.
The security forces were persistently tracking Budeshwar, who had terrorized the area and had been named in at least 53 criminal offenses including, 20 murders and more than a dozen cases of attempt to murder.
The extent of Budeshwar's notoriety was such that the Jharkhand government had announced a reward of Rs.15 lakh on his head.
"When reliable intelligence input was received about the movement of Budeshwar and his team of armed Naxal, the joint team of 209 CoBRA and Jharkhand Police immediately launched an operation. The contact with the Maoists was established when they opened heavy fire on the troops from well-entrenched positions," according to an official statement.
Three Naxals were killed in an exchange of fire with the District Reserve Guard (DRG) in the Faraspal area of Dantewada on Thursday (July 15).
While speaking to ANI, Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallav said, "Three Naxals were killed in an exchange of fire with District Reserve Guard (DRG) in Faraspal area of Dantewada today. Two of them were carrying a reward of Rs 1 lakh on their heads."
The police official said that the three bodies have been identified as Birju Kakem and Jaggu Kakem, who had Rs 1 lakh reward on their heads, and Ajay Oyammi.
Three country-made weapons and 3 kilograms of an improvised explosive device (IED) were recovered", said Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallav.
Further investigation into the matter is underway.