Two days after two Jharkhand police personnel were killed during an encounter with Maoists belonging to the banned CPI( Maoist) in the hilly and forest areas between Tumbahaka and Sarjomburu under the Tonto police station in West Singhbhum district in Jharkhand on Monday morning,two villages in India were  in a state of grief.

These villages- Tolra and Randhadih- were located in 

Rehla block of Palamu district in Jharkhand and Randhadih village of Shahpur block of the Bhojpur district of Bihar - were birth sites of two martyred cops of the Jharkhand Jaguar’s Amit Tiwari and Gautam Kumar respectively. 

Both of them were killed during an encounter with members of the banned CPI (Maoist) in the West Singhbhum district on the eve of the 77th Independence Day. 
When West Singhbhum SP Ashutosh Shekhar taddressed media persons on August 14, he said that a joint operation was being conducted in the hilly and forested areas between Tumbahaka and Sarjomburu under the Tonto police station. 

As part of the campaign, an encounter took place between the militants of the banned CPI (Maoist) and the security forces in the mountainous and forested area between Tumbahaka and Sarjomburu under Tonto police station, in which Jharkhand Jaguar’s Amit Tiwari and Gautam Kumar were killed,” Shekhar is on record having said.

On the Independence Day, both Governor C P Radhakrishnan and Chief Minister Hemant Soren had paid homage to the victims. 

Today, these villages -Tolra in Bihar and Randhadih in Jharkhand were reportedly calm.None of the residents of these villages had celebrated the national festival of the Independence day 2023.

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