Two hardcore Maoists including the secretary of Shabri dalam area committee were gunned down in an encounter with the security forces near Madaiguda in Sukma district, bordering Andhra Pradesh (AP) about 520 km south of Raipur on Thursday morning.
According to the Sukma police, acting on the specific intelligence inputs on the armed guerrillas camping in high strength near Palcharma village close to the Andhra–Chhattisgarh border, the forces led by the Andhra police moved to the area.
The Chhattisgarh police and the paramilitary forces based in AP were the part of the joint team that set out on the search operation. “The Maoists opened indiscriminate fire on the forces when it reached the forested terrain of Bade Talma (south Konta) some 110 km from the Sukma district headquarter.
The forces swiftly retaliated the rebels’ attack. Two Maoists were shot dead and the bodies recovered from the encounter spot”, the additional SP (Sukma) Neeraj Chandrakar told Hindustan Times. The rebels fled into the nearby jungles. The gun-battle continued for nearly two hours.
“There was no casualty or any injury sustained by the security forces. Two self-loading rifles (SLR), explosives and some items of daily use were also recovered from the site”, Chandrakar said. Additional forces have been rushed to the region and the search operation intensified along the border areas, he added. The bodies were identified as Naresh, the secretary of the Shabri dalam committee and Ramuram.
In another incident two jawans of the Sukma district police force during patrolling were critically injured when they accidentally hit the pressure bomb planted by the Maoists. Both were rushed to Jagdalpur government hospital for immediate medical attention. Sukma is among the worst-hit districts by the Maoist violence in south Bastar.