Ten policemen and a civilian were killed when Maoists launched two near-simultaneous attacks in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Friday evening.
The rebels first struck at Metlacheru, around 380 km south of Raipur, a little after 5pm when a police team was on its way to Bhopalpatnam. There were no casualties.
Half an hour later, 10 policemen and a tractor driver were dead in an ambush near Bhadrakali, around 3 km from Metlacheru.
They were part of a 45-member team that had gone from Bhopalpatnam to Bhadrakali police station, 18 km away, to drop rations, said inspector general of police (Bastar range) TJ Longkumer. They were ambushed on their way back.
The team was walking behind a tractor when the Maoists opened fire, said Ramniwas, additional director general of police (anti-Maoist operation).
Four Maoists were also killed in the gunfight, but the rebels took away their dead, said the police.
Nine policemen were killed in Gariabandh district of the state along the Orissa border in a Maoist attack on May 24.