In an encounter with security forces, two Naxals were killed at Rajnandgaon district in Chhattisgarh, police said.
The incident took place on Wednesday evening in a forest near Suktara village, Rajnandgaon superintendent of police Prashant Agrawal told PTI.
A joint squad of Special Task Force (STF) and district police force had launched an operation in Gandai forests after acting on inputs about movement of ‘vistaar (expansion) party’ of Maoists in the area for the past few days, he said.
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The team came under fire while passing through Suktara forest. The rebels later escaped, while two bodies were recovered from the spot apart from a .315 bore gun and a pistol, the SP said.
He further said, “Identity of the killed rebels is being ascertained. Although prima facie it is clear that they belonged to expansion team of ultras who are making attempts to expand their base along the border of Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.”
Earlier, three Maoists including two women were killed in a gun-battle with police on June 18. This incident happened near Aundhi police station area of Rajnandgaon, which is 77 km away from Raipur.
With PTI inputs.