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Three-Hour battle with MCCI ultras hiding in Bihar

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Hazaribagh, Sep 1 (UNI) Police and MCCI cadres engaged in a nearly -three hour-long gun-battle at Bhattagaddha under Bihar's Gaya district last night, police today said.

The Maoist Communist Centre of India ultras were taking shelter in the area along the Jharkhand--Bihar boundary, Superintendent of Police Pravin Kumar Singh said. He said no casualties was reported during the encounter in which police fired 800 rounds and the extremists about 2000 rounds.

The SP said the ultras were planning to blast the Chouparan Police station in Jharkhand's Hazaribagh district.

However, on a tip off, the joint group of the Jharkhand police and the CRPF raided Bhattagaddha area under Mohanpur Police Station with prior intimation to the Bihar police.

On seeing the security forces, the ultras opened fire on them forcing the latter to retaliate. The gun battle lasted about three hours.

Police recovered a rifle, cartridges, an ID bomb, 8 kg explosives and naxal literature from the spot.

Three persons were arrested for interrogation, Mr Singh added.

UNI XC-AM-PRS VD HT1942

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