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A CRPF personnel killed and a policeman injured in an encounter with Naxalites in Jharkhand

A member of the CRPF’s CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) was tragically died and also a policeman injured in an encounter with Naxalites in Saraikela area of Jharkhand on Thursday, officials said.

The gunbattle began around 7 am in the Dalbhaga-Arki area of Saraikela-Kharsawan district when a joint team of the 209th Battalion of the CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) and the Jharkhand Police was out for an operation, they said.

Commando Utpal Rabha (27), hailing from Meghalaya’s North Garo Hills district, was killed during the encounter, while a state police personnel succumbed to injuries, they said.

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The encounter took place in Saraikela, the administrative headquarters of Saraikela Kharsawan district, which is about 135-km from the State capital. Heavy firing is still on and further details are awaited.

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