Two commandos of Maharashtra’s special Anti-Naxal C-60 force suffered bullet injuries in an encounter with the Naxals early in the morning on Monday in a village in Gondia district of Maharashtra.

“The encounter took place near Marartola village in Salekasa division of Gondia. Our team was carrying out searching operation when the Naxals fired on it. Two C-60 commandos suffered bullet injuries in the firing “ Gondia Superintendent of Police (SP) Dilip Zhalke told The Hindu.

Commando Ramesh Uike suffered bullet injury on his leg and Commando Sanjay Katare suffered shoulder injury, informed the SP.

According to the SP, the encounter took place at 12.30 am on Monday.

Both the commandos have been shifted to the Orange City hospital in Nagpur and their condition is said to be stable.

“The encounter was a close one and many Naxals suffered serious injuries including their Dalam commander Rakesh, but nothing specific can be said about it” said Mr. Zhalke.

Mr. Zhalke did not rule out the Dalam Commander Rakesh being killed in the encounter.