Maoists shot dead two security persons in the early hours of Monday at a point barely 100 metres from a police station in Dantewada. On hearing the gunshots, the security forces rushed to the spot only to find some leaflets left by the rebels, besides the two bodies. Both the constables belonged to the Dantewada district police.
The Maoists have called a two-day shutdown on September 13-14 in six states including Chhattisgarh.
Bastar Inspector General of Police TJ Longkumer told Hindustan Times the two constables stepped out of the police station, 520 km south of Raipur, early morning and were surrounded by left-wing extremists, who fired on them, killing them on the spot.
“The additional forces rushed to the spot, which was not more than 100 metres from the Bhejji police station, after hearing the gunshots but the rebels had fled,” he said.
Anticipating that there are armed Maoists in the nearby thickly forested areas, the security forces have launched intensive search operations. In another incident in Kanker district, an hour-long encounter between the police and the rebels took place at Pakhanjur, about 250 km south of Raipur. There was, however, no report of any casualty.