The encounter took place in Gonderas jungle at Aranpur police station area. (File photo)
The bodies of 2 Maoists, including that of a woman, were recovered after an exchange of fire between the security personnel and left-winged extremists at the Goderas jungle in Chattisgarh's Dantewada on Wednesday morning. An INSAS rifle and a12 bore weapon with and other incriminating materials were recovered.
SP Dantewada Abhishek Pallava said, "District Reserve Guard female commandos “Danteshwari Ladake” also took part in this encounter". As many as 30 women including surrendered Maoist cadres or wives of surrendered cadres were recruited in the only woman DRG platoon in Dantewada.
The face-off took place around 5 am at a forest in Gonderas village when a joint team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Special Task Force (STF) was out on an anti-Maoist operation, Deputy Inspector General (anti-naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI.
The patrolling team was moving through Gonderas, located along the border of Dantewada-Sukma districts, when a group of the ultras fired at them, leading to the gun-battle, he said.
Besides, some ammunition, Maoist literature, items of daily use and other Maoist-related material were also seized from the spot, he said. Those killed are yet to be identified, he said. The incident took place around 450-km from state capital Raipur. “No harm was reported to the security personnel in the gunfight. Search operation is underway in the area,” he added.
(With PTI inputs)