The BJP claimed that considerable religious conversions are being carried out under the shelter of the state government.
Sodi Muya, secretary of the Kerlapal Area Committee, decided to surrender after realizing the hollow anti-development and anti-tribal ideology of Maoists, said Sunil Sharma, Sukma SP.
Sources, however, said that there was no Maoist movement in Mulugu and Bhupalpally districts at the moment.
A joint team of the CRPF, CoBRA battalion and district reserve guards was carrying out the area domination operation along the Gompad-Kanhaiguda area where the rebels opened fire.
Over a hundred Maoists who had surrendered during the past one year under the campaign 'Lon Varratu' called themselves blessed to celebrate Rakshabandhan.
The exchange of fire lasted for about one-and-a-half hours following which the rebels escaped into the forest, an official said.
On July 18, Maoists had forcefully taken the seven people along with them towards Puvarti village, the native place of dreaded Maoist commander Hidma, and allegedly kept them in captivity.
The Bastar police are gathering details about the whereabouts of the missing youths.
The missionaries are persuading the non-Christian tribals to get converted by enticing and offering them allurement, says the SP.
The jawan who hails from Jammu is being brought to the Tarrem camp of the Central Reserve Police Force located in Bijapur, a senior officer of the paramilitary said.
Most of the injuries had resulted due to shots from modern weapons or barrels from which a projectile is propelled through rapid burning of gunpowder.
In Guntur district, CRPF jawan Sakhamuri Murali Krishna, who was killed in a Maoist attack on Saturday, was buried in his native village Gudupudi in Sattenapalli mandal on Tuesday.
Sources also said there is a possibility that Naxals may have got inputs about the movement of security force personnel from locals.
More than 500 CRPF, Greyhounds & special forces have been deployed in border districts
A pall of gloom descended on the native villages of the two CRPF jawans on hearing their martyrdom in the Maoist attack.