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Chhattisgarh: Day after BJP leader's murder, security forces launch major operation against Maoists

The Maosists Managed To Flee Away From Gadchiroli District In Maharashtra After Launching Three IED Blasts.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Abhinav Gupta | Updated on: 10 Apr 2019, 04:04:18 PM
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New Delhi:

A day after a BJP MLA and four policemen were killed in a Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh, an encounter took place between security personnel and the rebels in Rajnandgaon district on Wednesday, a senior police official said.

No casualty was reported from either side in the skirmish, he said.

A joint team of the Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Guard (DRG) raided a Maoist camp in Bukmarka hills adjoining Maharashtra state around 1.15 pm, following which a gun-battle broke out between the security forces and Naxals, the official told PTI.

During the exchange of fire, Naxals also triggered three IED (improvised explosive device) blasts, he said.

However, on finding the security personnel zeroing-in on them, the ultras fled towards a forest in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra, he said.

Some Naxal-related items were recovered from the spot, he said, adding a search operation was underway in the region.

The Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency will go to polls in the second phase on April 18.

In view of the polls, security forces have intensified patrolling along the inter-state border.

On Tuesday, a BJP MLA and four personnel of his security staff were killed when Naxals blew up their vehicle with an IED in the state's Dantewada district, which falls in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency.

Polling in Bastar will be held on Thursday. 

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First Published : 10 Apr 2019, 03:44:08 PM