Eight Maoists, one jawan killed in Chhattisgarh firing

The gunfight broke out on Saturday in the forest of Abhujmad when a joint team of the security personnel from four districts was out on an anti-Naxal operation.
Eight Naxalites killed in encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh
Eight Naxalites killed in encounter with security forces in ChhattisgarhFile photo

RAIPUR: Eight fighters of the outlawed CPI (Maoist), including three women, and a jawan were killed in a gunfight at the forested terrain of Maad region of Narayanpur district, about 400 km south of Raipur in Chhattisgarh on Saturday.

Besides the jawan, two other security officials sustained injuries, said Sunderraj P, Bastar’s Inspector General of Police.

The injured jawans have been airlifted to a hospital in Raipur and are said to be out of danger. All three belonged to the Special Task Force (STF). The deceased jawan was identified as Nitish Ekka. He is a resident of Jashpur district.

Based on intelligence inputs about the presence of senior Maoist members, a joint operation was conducted by the District Reserved Guards, the STF, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Border Security Force on Saturday morning, Sunderraj said.

The operation continued throughout the day along the Kutul, Farasbeda and Kodtameta jungles resulting in the death of the Maoists and jawan, he added. The bodies of the radicals have been recovered but are yet to be identified. Security forces are continuing to comb the area.

So far they have recovered INSAS rifles, .303 rifles, BGL launcher and shells, a huge cache of ammunition, besides items of daily use from the gunfight site.

About 1,200 jawans are engaged in the anti-Maoist joint operation for the first time in the Maad area, an insurgent stronghold.

Since January, the forces have liquidated as many as 131 Maoists after various operations in Bastar.

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