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Ten Maoists killed in gunbattle in Jharkhand's Chatra District

Jharkhand, Mar 28 : Police in Jharkhand's |Chatra District have confirmed the death of ten Maoists in an encounter that took place late on Wednesday night.


The ultras belonged to a breakaway faction of the Tritiya Prastuti Committee (TPC).

Chatra's Deputy Commissioner of Police, Manoj Kumar, said, "Bodies of 10 Maoists were recovered near Lakramanda village. They were killed during an encounter with the TPC last night."

Superintendent of Police Anup Birtheray said, "The encounter between the Maoists and the TPC cadres began last evening and lasted till the wee hours of Thursday.

"As personnel of the COBRA battalion and district police reached the area, the rebels could not take away the bodies. Six weapons were also found from the spot," he added.

The TPC also rang up a local media house claiming it had also kidnapped 15 other Maoists and looted some weapons.

When asked to respond to this, Birtheray said the police did not have any such information.

The TPC was formed in 2002 after a number of CPI (Maoist) cadres in Jharkhand quit the organisation following differences of opinion on various policy issues.

The outfit had declared that its main enemy was not the police but the CPI-Maoist.

TPC's stronghold areas include Latehar, Chatra and Palamu districts of Jharkhand and the organisation is engaged in a turf war with other Maoists.

--ANI (Posted on 28-03-2013)

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