A Maoist ultra was shot dead in an encounter with the security forces at Pathakchak village under Sikandara police station in Jamui district on Sunday.

Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana said during an encounter with the Maoists, security forces comprising the Central Reserve Police Force and the district police shot dead one ultra, who was not yet identified.

The security forces had launched a search operation in the village after being tipped off about the gathering of the Maoists.

The Maoists were fired on the forces prompting retaliation by the men in uniform.

The remaining ultras managed to flee in the deep forest, Mr. Rana said.

Weapons seized

He added that several weapons were seized from the spot.

The body has been brought to the district headquarters for autopsy.