Two naxals, police personnel killed in gun-battle in Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR: Two Maoists and one police personnel were
killed on Friday in a fierce gun-battle between security personnel and ultras
in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bastar district, police said.
“The face-off took place near restive Hitameta forests
under Mardoom police station limits when a squad of Special Task Force raided a
naxal transit camp there,” Bastar superintendent of police Ajay Yadav said.
Constable Budh Dev Sahu, a native of Balod district,
was killed in the exchange of fire while two rebels were gunned down in the
incident, Yadav said.
A team of STF was mobilised on an anti-naxal operation
from Jagadalpur district headquarters on Thursday. When they reached near
village Harrakodar, around 25-kms away from Mardoom police station this
morning, they spotted a gathering of a huge group of rebels in Hitameta
forests, following which they started encircling them, the SP said.
Meanwhile, on sensing the security personnel, rebels
opened fired on them prompting them to retaliate. After the ensuing gunfight
that lasted for around three hours amid heavy rain in the region, naxals
escaped into core forests taking advantage of the bad weather, the SP said.
While cordoning off the encounter spot, bodies of two
rebels were found, the SP said, adding that blood stains found at the spot
indicated that some more ultras might either have been killed or injured in the
Besides, a 12 bore gun, two muzzle loading guns, a
country made gun, live cartridge of Insas rifle, pitthu bags and other
naxal-related material was recovered from the spot, he added.
Soon after being informed about the encounter,
reinforcement was rushed to the spot. The body of the martyred jawan and naxals
were being retrieved out of the jungle, the SP said. The identity of the naxals
killed in the encounter will be ascertained once the security forces will reach
back to Jagadalpur, the SP said.