Patna, November 22 (IANS) A zonal commander was killed on Sunday morning in Naxal-affected Barachatti area of Gaya district of Bihar. Two civilians were also killed there.
The Naxalite zonal commander has been identified as Alok Yadav alias Gulshan. Along with that, two villagers including a brother-in-law of the village head of Deoria village were also killed in the incident.
Additional SP (Operation) of Gaya Police Rajesh Kumar Singh confirmed the incident. He said that Alok Yadav was killed in the counter-firing of the CRPF Cobra team.
Singh said, after Chhath Puja on Saturday night, a cultural program was organized in Mahuri village. Brajendra Singh Yadav, brother-in-law of the head of Deoria village, was invited as the chief guest of the program at Mahuri village. In the middle of the night, Naxalites attacked Brijendra Singh Yadav in the ceremony. He fired indiscriminately, causing Yadav and another person to come to the firing range and died on the spot.
Additional SP said, villagers immediately informed the local police and the message was passed on to the CRPF Cobra team. The Cobra team immediately took cognizance of the matter and started a search operation in the vicinity.
Singh said, the Naxals attacked the Cobra team after seeing themselves surrounded. The Cobra team also retaliated. The encounter continued for an hour. The Cobra team took command until morning. When a search operation was carried out again in the morning, a Naxalite named Alok Yadav alias Gulshan was found dead on the spot. Security personnel recovered an AK 47 rifle, and an INSAS rifle from there.
He said, the search operation is going on in the surrounding areas by the CRPF Cobra team. An FIR in connection with the case has been registered at the police station concerned. Alok Yadav had a reward of 10 lakh rupees.