Six Maoists and two jawans were killed in a gunfight in the Karamdih forest in Latehar district of Jharkhand on Thursday.

Latehar Superintendent of Police Karnti Kumar said a member of CoBRA and a jawan of the Jaguar force were injured in the encounter that began at 11.30 a.m. The two were shifted to Ranchi for medical assistance.

“We saw six bodies of Maoists being dragged by ultras. Due to the heavy firing from both sides we were not able to bring those bodies with us,” he said.

Inspector-General of Police (Operations) R.K. Malik said, “We cannot confirm the definite number of casualties. The combing operation is still on and the number of casualties might increase.”