RAIPUR: A Naxal was gunned down in an encounter with the police in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district, a senior official said today.
The face-off took place late last evening at a forest in Etapal village when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Inspector General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI.
The DRG personnel were cordoning off a forest patch near Etapal, located about 450 km from Raipur, when a group of rebels started firing at them leading to the gun-battle, he said.
After guns fell silent, the body of a Maoist clad in 'uniform' was found at the spot, he said, adding that the deceased was yet to be identified.
An Insas rifle and some Naxal-related material were also recovered from the spot, the official said.