Three Maoists and a CRPF jawan were killed in an encounter in Jharkhand's Giridih district on Monday.
They said the encounter between the two sides took place around 6 am in the forests of Belbha Ghat area of the district when troops of the 7th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were undertaking operations.
The district is about 185 kms from state capital Ranchi.
Three bodies of Maoists along with an AK-47 Rifle, three bullet magazines and four pipe bombs have been recovered from the encounter site till now, the officials said.
A CRPF jawan was also killed in the encounter, they added.
The force is looking for more recoveries and a search is being conducted in the encounter area, they said.
Jharkhand will go to polls in the final four phases of the seven-phase Lok Sabha election.