Naxals triggered a number of IED blasts during a fierce encounter with security forces in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district on Saturday afternoon.

A CRPF jawan and a Jharkhand policeman were injured in the encounter and they have been evacuated out of the dense jungles under Taran posi police station area, sources said.

“The troops surrounded the Naxals after gathering specific intelligence about their presence since the wee hours today. The encounter in the Saranda jungles of the district is still on,” CRPF spokesperson Ajay Chaturvedi said.

A large number of police and paramilitary personnel drawn from the CRPF, its specialised anti-Naxal unit SAF, Jharkhand police’s special counter-Naxal force Jaguar and the Jharkhand Armed police have surrounded the area which is on the border of Jharkhand, Orrisa and West Bengal.

The Naxals triggered a number of IED blasts, sources said, adding heavy exchange of fire was continuing when reports last came in.

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