Security Forces Gun Down 7 Maoists in Chhattisgarh, Seize Huge Cache of Weapons
Acting on a specific input about the movement of ultras, security forces launched the operation on Friday night in Baghnadi area along the Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra border.
Raipur: Seven Maoists, including five women, were killed on Saturday in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district, police said. A jawan of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was also injured in the gun battle.
The exchange of fire took place around 7 am in the forest near Sitagota-Serpar villages under the Baghnadi police station area when a joint team of DRG and local police was out on an counter-insurgency operation, said Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P.
Acting on a specific input about the movement of ultras, security forces launched the operation on Friday night in Baghnadi area along the Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra border, he said.
"When the patrolling team was advancing through the forest of Sitagota-Serpar, located around 15 kms away from capital Raipur, a big group of armed Naxals opened indiscriminate fire on them, leading to the gun battle," he said.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, who is on a tour of New Delhi, hailed the security forces for bravely carrying out a successful operation, an official statement said.
The encounter lasted for around two hours, following which the ultras disappeared into a dense forest, he said. "During the search, bodies of seven ultras, including five women, were recovered from the spot," he added.
One AK-47 rifle, a .303 rifle, a 12-bore gun, one stun gun, one 315-bore rifle and a huge cache of muzzle-loading guns were also seized from the encounter spot, he said.
"A DRG jawan, identified as Asaram, sustained splinter injuries in the gunfight," the DIG said, adding he was admitted to a local hospital where his condition was said to be out of danger. He said the Naxals were identified as Sukhdev, the secretary of Darekasa Area Committee of Maharashtra-Madhya Pradesh- Chhattisgarh (MMC) zone of CPI (Maoists); his wife and member of Darekasa Area Committee Pramila; members of the same squad- Seema, Meena and Ritesh; and two others members of Vistar Platoon no 1 Lalitha and Shilpa.
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