Superintendent of Police (SP), Ravindra Nath Tiwari said the deceased was identified as Harikant Jha, a senior officer with the 7th battalion. He added that police have launched combing operation to nab the ultras.

“The deputy commandant of the 7th battalion was killed in encounter. We have information that some of militants are shot. We have arrested four to five for interrogation,” added Tiwari.

The rebel group, which claims to be fighting for the rights of the poor and landless, controls some of India's mineral-rich areas. It operates in large swathes of the eastern, central and southern countryside.

(Agencies)

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