Four special police officers (SPOs) and one police personnel were killed, on Monday, when the Naxalites fired at the police patrolling party in an insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh about 460 kms from the state capital.
Atleast four other security personnel are injured and have been rushed to the hospital in a critical condition.
The Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range, RK Vij told
that the ultras attacked a team of security personnel who were patrolling and providing security to those involved in the concrete road construction project in Bijapur.
The police team retaliated the Maoist's attack immediately resulting into a brief encounter.
There were 16 SPOs and 4 district police personnel on duty when the ultras attacked them. The Maoists, who according to the police sources were more than fifty, fled into the jungle after retaliation.
"Our forces are into searching operation now and chasing the Naxalites," said Vij.
Additional Security forces led by the district police chief have already reached the spot.