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Two cops killed in encounter with PLFI militants in Girijatoli

Sunday, Apr 9, 2017,17:41 IST By anju A A A

Simdega/Jharkhand | Two policemen were killed and another was injured in an encounter with People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) militants in Girijatoli here, police said today.

The deceased were identified as the officer in-charge and constable of Bano Police station Vidyapati Singh and Tarun Biruli respectively.

A team comprising personnel of three police stations had rushed to the area late last night after being informed about the presence of PLFI militants who were planning to launch an attack, IG (Operations) Ashish Batra said.

When the left wing extremists saw the police team, they began to fire and the security men retaliated.

After the gunfight which lasted half-an-hour, the bodies of two policemen were found and one had sustained injuries, Batra said.

The militants managed to escape from the spot, the officer said, adding that mobile phones, AK 47 magazines and a diary were seized.

Additional force comprising Special Task Force, state’s Jaguar and the CRPF have reached the spot and launched a search operation, he said.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Raghubar Das described the attack as a “cowardly act” and said the sacrifices of jawans will not go in vain.

“The police personnel faced the extremists courageously and we are proud of them. We will root out extremism and their sacrifice will not go waste,” he said.

Das announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the family of the policemen. Their family will also get salary for the remaining period of their service, he said.

“The government would also bear education expenses of the martyrs’ children and a member of each family will get job,” he said.

The Chief Minister directed Principal Secretary (Home) S K Rahate and Director General of Police D K Pandey to visit the spot and take necessary steps.

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