RAIPUR: Three Maoists were killed in an encounter with the security forces at Katekalyan in the Maoist-affected Dantewada district on Friday. The gun-battle took place at the remote forested hilly terrain of Dabba about 400 km south of Raipur. "Based on a tip-off a team of Dantewada district reserve guards (DRG) left on the search operation early morning.
Maoists triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) close to Dabba forest injuring one of our jawan. They resorted to firing on the troopers who swiftly retaliated the attack. Three rebels were killed in an encounter. The forces recovered three rifles and items of daily use from the spot", Dantewada superintendent of police Kamal Lochan Kashyap told the Express.
The bodies were yet to be identified. The naxalites escaped into the nearby jungle. There was no report of any casualty sustained by the forces that safely returned late evening, the SP added. Dantewada in south Bastar is among the 14 Maoist-affected districts of Chhattisgarh.