Four securitymen and five Maoists were killed in separate attacks in three districts of the Bastar region in southern Chhattisgarh on Sunday.
At least 445 people have been killed in Maoist violence in seven states in the first six months of this year alone.
Four Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) men were killed and two critically injured in a landmine blast triggered by Maoist rebels in a hilly terrain in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Sunday.
In two separate encounters in the forested terrain of Bijapur district, about 400 km south of Raipur, the police gunned down at least four Maoists.
In another encounter in Kanker district about 300 km south of Raipur, a woman Maoist was gunned down by the police on Sunday.
Dantewada police officials said the CISF men were traveling in a jeep when the rebels detonated a blast killing a sub-inspector, two head constables and a constable on the spot. Two seriously men injured were rushed to a hospital in a critical condition.
The CISF personnel were deployed in Dantewada, about 450 km south of Raipur, to guard a public sector unit and premier mining company, the National Mineral Development Corporation from rebel attacks. Reinforcements were sent to the blast site to carry out a search operation.
Bijapur SP Avinash Mohanty told HT that a fierce gun-battle continued till the evening and the casualties suffered by the rebels would be high.
“We have recovered four bodies of Maoists so far. Two bullet-riddled bodies were dragged out from Basaguda and two from the Usoor area. There is no report of any casualty or injury inflicted on the cops,” Mohanty said.
The police also recovered some firearms and explosives.
Separate police parties were on combing operations to track down Maoists in their strongholds in the area when they were attacked by the rebels.
“It was due to the timely retaliation by the cops that we succeeded in killing the rebels,” Mohanty said.
Bijapur is among the hardest-hit by the Maoist extremists in Chhattisgarh and remains a hotbed for the Leftwing extremists.