Three suspected Maoists were killed in a gun battle with the security forces and a police jawan was killed in a blast triggered by the rebels in the restive Bastar region of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday.
Four policemen were injured in the blast.
The encounter between the Maoists and the security forces took place in Sukma district. “A joint composite operation team of police station Gadiras, 206 COBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) and CRPF’s 195th battalion had gone on a search operation based on a specific input that armed cadres of the Maoists were present near village Bade Satti,” said Sukma district Superintendent of Police (SP) I.Kalyaan Elesela in a statement. “The search party was fired upon indiscriminately by the Maoists and the joint composite team retaliated. Post firing search yielded the bodies of three woman Maoists.” The statement was made available to the media by Bastar range Inspector General of Police Shiv Ram Prasad Kalluri.
Security forces recovered two locally made guns, pipe bombs and detonators from the spot of the encounter, claimed the police.
One of the three killed woman Maoists was identified as Anju, Bade Satti LOS (Local Operating Squad) Commander. “The other two are also LOS members. Efforts are on to identify them. The parties are on a tactical retreat and the presence of Maoists is quite high in the area,” the SP’s statement said.
In a separate incident, the ultras triggered an IED (Improvised Explosives Device) explosion in Narayanpur district, resulting in the death of a DRG (District Reserve Guard) jawan and causing serious injuries to four others. According to officials, the Maoists’ target was a Problem Redressal programme in Akabeda village.