Four Maoist guerrillas were on Monday shot dead by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in a Chhattisgarh forest.
According to the police, the gunbattle between the guerrillas and over 50 CRPF personnel began early morning in the thickly forested Narayanpur area in Bastar region, 510 kms from Raipur, a hotbed of Maoist militancy for three decades.
"The CRPF backed by the state police busted the rebel hideout and shot dead four senior Maoists," Inspector General Girdhari Nayak said.
He added that security forces recovered the bodies and some weapons from the site. A major combing operation has been launched to nab the dozens of guerrillas who escaped into the forest.
Chhattisgarh is one of the worst affected Maoist hit states. Police say that about 400 people, including 321 civilians, were killed last year in Maoist related violence.