Giridih (Jharkhand), April 30 (PTI) : Maoists blew up a police picket at Khukri village in Giridih district and a suspected woman naxalite was killed in an encounter with security forces in Garwah district.
The picket had been set up in 1991 after a masscare shook the area.
Giridih superintendent of police Arun Kumar Singh said about 40 ultras reached the picket between 2 am and 3 am today and triggered the blasts.
About 20 police personnel manning the picket were asked to vacate the picket yesterday following a directive by the police higher-ups, Singh said.
In a separate incident, a suspected woman naxalite was killed and another injured in a fierce encounter between security forces and Maoists at Sukhnadi village in Garwah district yesterday.
The security forces, who spotted the Maoists last evening, exchanged fire in the hour-long gun-fight, superintendent of police Deepak Verma said here.
The injured woman had been arrested, he said.