Chhattisgarh: 11 Maoists, 2 policemen killed in encounters

Paramilitary jawans patrol along a road during a bandh called by the Maoist rebels, in Lohardaga. (PTI)

Over the past two days, 11 Maoists and two Chhattisgarh Police personnel lost their lives in intense exchanges of fire in Sukma and Bijapur districts of Chhattisgarh. Senior police officials said the encounters took place under operation “Prahaar 4”.

Senior police officials said close to 1,200 security personnel of the District Reserve Guard, the Special Task Force, the Chhattisgarh Police, CRPF, CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), and Telangana Police launched a coordinated operation against Maoists in the core operational area of the Maoist Military Battalion number 1, with teams leaving from their respective camps on Sunday. The exchanges of fire took place in Chintagufa and Sakler forests of Sukma, over a hundred kilometres away from the district headquarters.

DM Awasthi, Special DG, Anti Naxal Operations said, “Acting on a tip-off, the operation named ‘Operation Prahar 4’ was launched in the forests of Sakler, Tondamarka and Saletong villages by combined squads of Special Task Force, District Reserve Guard, and CRPF’s elite unit-CoBRA, along with Telangana Police from different places on Sunday night. The target area, which is around 150 kms away from Sukma town, is located on the tri-junction of Chhattisgarh’s two districts-Sukma and Bijapur, and Kothagudem district (Telangana).”

He said a fierce exchange of fire…

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