Giridih (Jharkhand) | Security forces and Maoists exchanged gunfire near Kendua Pahari under Dhanwar Assembly constituency in Giridih district today. No casualty was reported in the encounter that took place just an hour before polling began at Dhanwar from where former Chief Minister and JVM( Prajatantrik) president Babulal Marandi is contesting, additional Superintendent of Police Kunal Kumar said.
The rebels opened fire at the security forces but in the strong retaliatory action by the security personnel the ultras fled into the forest, he said. The encounter that began at 6 AM lasted for about 15 minutes and occurred under Gaona police station limits, Kumar said. Polling is going on peacefully at Dhanwar.
Later, two powerful can bombs were recovered by security forces during search operations after the encounter. We have recovered two can bombs, each weighing 15 kg during the search operation in Maoist-hit areas in Giridih district, Superintendent of Police Kranti Kumar said.
The explosives were planted below the ground and were recovered after security personnel spotted exposed wires on the road-side, he said.