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CRPF jawan killed, another injured in encounter with Naxalites in Chhattisgarh

CRPF personnel during an anti-Maoist operation in Sukma district, Chhattisgarh. File photo

CRPF personnel during an anti-Maoist operation in Sukma district, Chhattisgarh. File photo  

Incident occurred a day after Naxalites ambushed a team of security forces, killing four BSF personnel and injuring two others in Kanker district of the State.

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan was killed and another injured in an encounter with Naxalites in Chhattisgarh on Friday, police said.

The gunfight took place in the forest near Chameda village in Dhamtari district when a joint team of the CRPF’s 211 battalion and District Force (DF) was out on an anti-naxal operation, a police official said.

The patrol team, comprising around 50 personnel of the CRPF and 10 of the DF, launched the operation on April 3 in the interiors of Khallari and Borai police station areas.

On Friday morning, when security forces were advancing through Chameda, around 150 km from Raipur, a group of Naxalites opened fire on them, leading to the gunfight, the official said.

He said Naxalites fled when security forces retaliated.

“Head Constable Harish Chand was killed in the incident, while Sudhir Kumar got injured,” the official said.

Reinforcements had been rushed to the spot and efforts were on to retrieve the body and the injured personnel, he added.

The incident occurred a day after Naxalites ambushed a team of security forces, killing four BSF personnel and injuring two others in Kanker district of the State.

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