At least two Naxals, including a woman commander, were killed in an encounter with security forces in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday. The latest gunfight took place near the Metagudam village near the Burakpal area of Sukma district.
The gunfight comes just a day after seven Naxals were killed in a joint operation carried out by Chhattisgarh State Police and their Telangana counterparts in Sukma’s adjoining Bijapur district.
"So far, the bodies of two Naxals, including a woman, have been recovered along with 11 weapons. A search operation following the encounter was still going on," Deputy Inspector General of Police (south Bastar range) Sundarraj P said.
Separate teams of the District Reserve Guard (DRG), the Special Task Force (STF) and the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), an elite unit of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), were carrying out combing operations in Sukma, located around 400 km from the state capital Raipur, for the last couple of days, Sundarraj said.
This morning, when a joint team of the DRG and the STF was cordoning off a forest area near Metagudam located deep inside Burkapal, an exchange of fire broke out between the squad and a group of ultras present in the area, the DIG said.
The gunbattle lasted for about two hours following which the Maoists fled into the core forest area, he said, adding according to ground reports, several other Naxals were injured in the exchange of fire but their colleagues managed to drag them away.
The DIG said further details were waited.
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- With PTI inputs