New Delhi: Three Naxals were killed in an encounter with troops of the 7th CRPF battalion in Jharkhand’s Giridih district in the early hours of Monday. (The district is about 185 km from state capital Ranchi.)

The CRPF forces were carrying out a special operation in the forest area of Belbha Ghat, when the encounter broke out. One CRPF jawan was also martyred in the attack.

All three bodies, an AK-47 rifle, three magazines and four pipe bombs have been recovered from the encounter site.

The gunfight broke out around 6AM on Monday, according to reports. The force is looking for more recoveries and a search is being conducted in the encounter area.

Jharkhand will go to polls in the final four phases of the seven-phase Lok Sabha election.