Four activists of a banned Maoist outfit, including its self-styled area commander, were killed in a clash with another group of militants in Gumla district, police said here on Monday.

The four belonging to People’s Liberation Front of India (PLFI) were killed in an encounter at Nawatoli village last night, Superintendent of Police Upendra Kumar said.

“All the bodies were recovered this morning. One of the deceased was identified as Jayram Gop alias Bhavaniji, a self-styled area commander of PLFI,” he said.

A rifle and over hundred cartridges were recovered from the spot.

The PLFI, earlier known as Jharkhand Liberation Tigers, is having a running feud with the CPI (Maoist) in Gumla, Simdega, Khunti and a part of Ranchi district.