Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel were killed and another was injured in an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bijapur district in Raipur on Sunday, the police said.
The exchange of fire took place in the forests of Murtunda village under the Basaguda police station limits in which two CRPF men were killed, inspector general of police (Bastar Range) SRP Kalluri said.
A squad of 168th battalion of the paramilitary force was on an area domination operation in Basaguda region, located around 450km away from the state capital Raipur.
When they reached Murtunda forests, the Maoists opened indiscriminate firing at them leaving two CRPF personnel dead on the spot and another injured, the IG said.
However, when security personnel launched retaliatory attacks, the rebels fled into the forests, the IG said.
Reinforcements have been sent to the spot, Kalluri said, adding that efforts are on to retrieve the bodies of those killed and injured.
Further details are awaited, he said.