Four Maoists, including one woman, were killed in an overnight gun battle by Indian security forces in India's eastern Jharkhand State, local police have reported.
According to the police the group of around 40 Maoists was passing through a village in the Taimara Ghati valley area close to the state capital Ranchi.
The gun battle began on Thursday night and ended early Friday morning after police recovered four bodies from the area.
Four guns were recovered from the area, while two security personnel were also injured in the incident.
"We presume other members have fled but a search operation is on," Ranchi police chief Kuldeep Dwivedi said.
The rebels, known as Naxalites, are influenced by the ideology of Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong and are fighting in 20 of India’s 28 states to bring down the Indian government.
They have been described by former Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh as India's most serious internal security threat, while they say they are fighting for land, jobs and other rights for poor tribal groups.