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Hundreds of Maoist rebels swoop down Madhuban bazaar, kill seven

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, June 23, IRNA
Seven persons, including two constables and four naxalites, were killed in an attack by Maoist rebels and a subsequent encounter with the police today in Madhuban block of Bihar's East Champaran district.

Hundreds of CPI (Maoist) rebels swooped down on Madhuban bazaar at around 1.30 p.m. and opened fire scaring away the people. They also set ablaze the police station and looted cash box and four rifles, besides ammunition from the block office.

When policemen posted at the block office showed resistance, two of them were shot dead.

The naxalites then looted an unspecified amount of money from the local branch of State Bank of India after gunning down the guard.

District development commissioner Lalan Singh, who is officiating as district magistrate, said CRPF and Bihar Military Police (BMP) personnel engaged the retreating naxalites in an encounter at Banjaria village on the outskirts of Madhuban in which four Maoists were killed.

State Director General of Police Ashish Ranjan Sinha, however, told PTI in Patna that as per information received at the state police headquarters only one constable was killed.

He said several companies of CRPF, special task force and BMP have been rushed to the spot from Motihari, headquarters of East Champaran and some adjoining districts.

The encounter was continuing when reports last came in, he said.


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