Two Chhattisgarh special task force (STF) men and a jawan of the Bijapur district police were killed in an encounter with the outlawed CPI (Maoist) in Bijapur district, about 400 km from Raipur on Sunday.
Two Maoists were also killed in the gun-battle that continued for nearly an hour-and-a-half.
“A joint team of STF and district police were on a search operation early on Sunday when the Maoists opened fire on the troopers. The attack was swiftly retaliated. In the ensuing gunfight, we lost three jawans. Two bodies of the rebels were also recovered. Our operation will continue,” Bijapur additional superintendent of police Indira Kalyan Elesela told HT.
There is no information available about the strength of security personnel who were out on operation, though the police claim several Maoists were injured in the gunfight.
On April 11, seven STF personnel were killed and 10 injured in an ambush by Maoists in the hilly terrain of south Bastar’s Sukma district.
The reinforcement were rushed to the area to assist the forces for carrying out cordon-and-search operation.
Bijapur is among the seven districts of Bastar zone worst affected by Maoist violence in south Chhattisgarh.