Five Maoists were arrested on Thursday after an encounter between security forces and rebels at Suarmanwa forest in Rohtas district of Bihar.

A joint team of police and CRPF’s CoBRA unit launched an operation based on specific intelligence input, Superintendent of Police Manu Maharaj said.

The encounter lasted for about two hours during which the joint team personnel used about 100 rounds in retaliatory action after they were fired upon by the ultras, he said.

Blood marks at several places in the encounter site indicated that several Maoists may have sustained injuries in the encounter, Mr. Maharaj said.

Three rifles, 25 detonators, 25 live cartridges, three magazines and some other materials used for processing weapons were seized, the SP said.

The arrested ultras have been identified as Jagdish Chero, Nandu Vishwakarma, Tikaram Chero, Uday Ram and Munni Chero, he said.

While Jagdish Chero was said to be a member of the Rohtas sub-zonal committee of the proscribed unit, Chandu Vishwakarma belonged to Jharkhand and had expertise in processing weapons, Mr. Maharaj said.

Combing and search operation in Suarmanwa forests was still on, he said.