Two security personnel were killed and one injured in a gunfight between Naxalites and police in Jharkhand’s Chatra district on Wednesday, an official said. The incident took place at Bairio forest between Sadar and Basisthnagar Jori police station areas, around 200 km from Jharkhand capital Ranchi, the official added.

IG (operations) Amol V Homakar confirmed that two personnel were killed in the incident. The victims were identified as Sikandar Singh, a resident of Wazirganj in Gaya, and Sukan Ram, who hailed from Palamu in Jharkhand.

Chatra sub-divisional police officer (SDPO) Sandip Suman said, “The injured jawan Aakash Singh, who received a bullet injury, was airlifted to Ranchi for treatment.” Suman said the security personnel were returning from an operation when they were attacked by the ultras of Tritya Sammelan Prastuti Committee (TSPC).