At least four Maoists were killed in an encounter with police in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district, officials said on Monday morning. The incident comes two days after eight Maoists and a jawan of the Special Task Force (STF) were killed in an encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district.

Six of the eight Maoists killed in the encounter were senior rank cadres and carried cumulative cash rewards of ₹48 lakh, news agency PTI reported citing police. These cadres belonged to the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA) military company no. 1 of Naxalites and Maad division supply team formations.

This was the second major success of the ‘Maad Bachao Abhiyan’ (anti-Maoist operation) of Narayanpur police within a week and the fourth major success in 45 days, inspector general of police, Bastar range, Sundarraj P said in a press conference on Sunday.

“Abhujmaad (in Narayanpur district) had been suffering from Naxal violence and fear for 40 years but now the natives, tribals and villagers are imagining it free from violence, fear and Naxalism. Successful anti-Naxal campaigns have been speeding up development,” he said.

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