At least eight Maoists and two police personnel were killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Monday, the police said. The gunbattle took place at a forest in Kistaram area bordering Telangana when a team of security personnel was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Sukma’s Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told PTI.
Eight bodies of Naxals have been found at the encounter spot, he said. Two District Reserve Guard (DRG) personnel were also killed in the exchange of fire, the SP said, adding that reinforcements have been rushed to the spot.
Further details were awaited as the encounter was still underway, he added.
On Sunday, two Maoists were killed and a police personnel was injured in encounters in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bijapur district, the police said.
The gun-battles took place when teams of police's District Reserve Guard (DRG) of and Special Task Force (STF) were out on anti-Maoist operations in Gangaloor and Madded areas.
Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg told PTI that a combined squad of DRG and STF was cordoning off the jungles between Nilamadgu and Korinjed in Madded area, 450 km from Raipur, when it came under fire from the rebels.
The exchange of fire lasted for 40 minutes after which the Maoists fled, he said.