Five Maoists were killed by security forces in the forests of Becha village in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district, police said on Saturday.
“The skirmish took place last night between a joint team of District Reserve Group (DRG) and ultras in the jungles of Tuspal and Becha Kilam villages under Chhotedongar police station limits,” Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range), SRP Kalluri told PTI.
DRG teams from Kondagaon and Narayanpur districts had launched a joint operation in Abhujmad area - considered a Maoist hotbed - based on specific inputs, the IG said.
“At least half a dozen cadres of Military Company VI of Maoists were killed in the gun battle at Narayanpur,” Kalluri said tagging the operation as “surgical strike”.
When they reached the jungles of Tuspal and Becha Kilam, a gun battle broke out, he said.
Five bodies and as many weapons were recovered from the spot, he said, adding that there were no injuries for the security forces.
So far, 15 Maoists have been killed in separate encounters in Bastar division this month, the IG added.