A constable of a Special Police party was grievously injured in an exchange of fire with Maoists in the forest area along the Andhra Pradesh-Chhattisgarh border near Pujarikanker in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Monday.

The injured constable was airlifted from the encounter site to Bhadrachalam town in the district. A member of Greyhounds, the anti-naxal wing of the Andhra Pradesh Police, the constable sustained a bullet injury in his upper chest, sources said. An emergency surgery was performed on him at a private hospital in the temple town. His condition was stated to be stable. The police suspect that some of the Maoists too suffered injuries in the fierce gun battle.

It may be noted that a Special Party police constable suffered a bullet injury in an exchange of fire with the Maoists at Kurnapalli village in Charla mandal bordering Chhattisgarh last month. The spurt in Maoists activities in the areas along the volatile AP-Chhattisgarh border and stepped up anti-naxal operations by the police heightened tension across the inter-State border.