Top Maoist Tala Da killed in police encounter in Jharkhand’s Dumka

Dumka police on Sunday killed zonal commander-rank Maoist cadre Tala Da alias Shahdev Rai, who was wanted in several cases of murder and loot, including the killing of Pakur superintendent of police Amarjeet Balihar in July 2013. Police said that the killing took place around 7am.

“The killed Maoist carried a reward of Rs 10 lakh on his head. The encounter between Maoists and police forces took place at Chatupada jungles under Shakaripada police station limits in Dumka district,” said additional director general (operations) RL Meena. This is the first major success of the state police in its anti-Maoist encounters in 2019. Around 20 Maoists were killed or arrested by the police in December 2018.

Till late on Sunday evening, police continued their search operations inside the forests. Superintendent of police YS Ramesh said that raid was conducted on the basis of a tip-off that the wanted Maoist and his squad were present in the jungles. Read More

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