5 Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh gunbattle
At least five Maoists were killed by security forces and a constable shot dead by the ultras in separate fire fights in Chhattisgarh.india Updated: Jan 21, 2007 12:49 IST
At least five Maoist rebels were killed by security forces and a constable shot dead by the ultras in separate fights in Chhattisgarh, police said on Sunday.
"A fierce gunbattle broke out with the Maoists in the dense forest locality of Timarpur under Basaguda police station on Saturday night in Bastar region in which three rebels were gunned down by a joint team of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) assisted by local police," Bastar range Inspector General RK Vij said.
Timarpur, located some 520 kilometres south of capital Raipur, has several Maoist hideouts in the area which are protected by landmines, said police.
In a separate incident, rebels and police fought a pitched battle for two hours late on Saturday evening in Bhejji area in Dantewada district of Bastar, 548 kilometres south of Raipur.
"Constable Lakhan Markam shot dead two rebels, but died later in retaliatory firing. While two women Maoists were arrested, dozens of their men colleagues managed to escape under the cover of darkness," Vij added.
On January 16, Maoists had killed seven security personnel in coordinated blasts in Bastar.
Chhattisgarh is one of the worst of 13 Maoist-affected states. A recent report by the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) says that 749 people were killed in Maoist violence in India in 2006 and 48 per cent of the casualties were from Chhattisgarh alone.