Indian police announced that they shot and killed 12 suspected Maoist rebels in their stronghold district of Palamau in Jarkhanda early on Tuesday.
"The encounter took place in Bakoria village, about 140 km from Ranchi. All the bodies have been recovered," Police Superintendent Mayur Patel told the Times of India.
The police ambushed suspected rebels as they were conducting a routine extortion operation. Money from many mining contractors was seized in an operation, according to Inspector-General S.M Pradhan.
Following the encounter, police found 12 bodies and eight automatic guns during a search operation in a forest nearly 300 kilometers south of Patna, the capital of neighboring Bihar state, Pradhan said.
No police casualties were recorded in the clash.
Maoist rebels killed eight people, including officials, in an ambush in Jharkhand state as during India’s national election in April 2014.
In May 2013, a rebel group also killed 27 people including important political figures from the Congress party in the neighbouring state of Chhattisgarh.
The rebels, known as Naxalites, are inspired by Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong and are fighting in 20 of India’s 28 states to annihilate the current Indian state and establish a classless society.