7 Maoists killed in encounter with security personnel

Latehar (J'khand):Seven Maoists were on Monday killed by security personnel in an encounter in Katia forests of Latehar district, but only three bodies were recovered, police said here.

"Seven Maoists were killed during the gun battle. While three were recovered (from the spot), four others were carried away by their associates," Superintendent of Police Kranti Kumar told reporters here.

Two rifles, one INSAS and a walkie-talkie were recovered from the encounter site, he added.

Earlier DIG R K Dhan said over 100 rebels had assembled in the forests last night and security personnel of the CRPF, the CoBRA and the Jharkhand Jaguar rushed to the spot where the encounter took place around 10 AM today.

The location of the encounter was near the Maoist-dominated spot where the ultras had killed 13, including 10 security men, in January this year.