An encounter took place between security personnel and Maoist rebels inside a jungle in Chatra district of Jharkhand in the wee hours of Friday, police said. Around 200 rounds of fire were exchanged between the two sides in Meramgada jungle under Pathalgada police station area of the Maoist affected district.
Police said the CPI(Maoist) activists retreated under pressure from the security forces led by district SP Akhilesh B Beriar. The security personnel consisting of the CRPF, the Jaguar force, the Cobra force and police surrounded the jungle and launched a massive search operation to track down the red rebels. The Maoists were planning an attack to hinder the ongoing development projects in the naxal-affected areas of the district, police said.
(With inputs from agencies.)