The Hush Post| 9:55 am |one-minute-read
Eight Naxals were killed by security forces in an encounter on Monday between the soldiers of Chhattisgarh Police’s District Reserve Guards (DRG) and 206 and 208 CoBRA units of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in Saklar village, Sukma district. Two DRG troopers have also been martyred.
One Maoist has been severely injured in the encounter and a “Bharmar” gun has also been recovered. Sukma SP Abhishek Meena said the process to evacuate the bodies of the martyred soldiers and Maoists have started even as the encounter is on.
All the Maoists were from the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army of the Communist Party of India (Maoist). The joint operation was launched in the core area of Maoists stronghold.
Security personnel had killed two Naxals in Bijapur district on Sunday. One police personnel was injured during the gun battle. The encounter on Sunday had started when teams of DRG and Special Task Force (STF) were carrying out a combing operation as part of the anti-Naxal drive in Gangaloor and Madded areas of the state.
Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg said that a combined squad of DRG and STF was cordoning-off the forest area between Nilamadgu and Korinjed in Madded area, 450 km from Raipur, when it came under fire from the rebels.
The exchange of fire lasted for close to one hour.” A DRG jawan sustained a bullet injury in the neck. He has been hospitalised,” Garg said.
The body of a Naxal was recovered along with one .303 rifle and one muzzle-loading gun from the spot, he said. Elsewhere, firing broke out between DRG team and Naxals near Borje village in Gangaloor, the SP said.
A reinforcement party was rushed to the spot which too came under fire around 4 pm. This led to a fierce gun battle, he said.
Later, the body of a Naxal along with two rifles and a ‘tiffin’ bomb was recovered from the spot. The identity of the Naxals killed is yet to be ascertained.