5 jawans, one Naxal eliminated in encounter in Chhattisgarh

Five security workers were eliminated and 12 others hurt on Saturday in an encounter with Naxals in a forest along the border between Bijapur and Sukma districts in Chhattisgarh, authorities said.The body of a woman Maoist was also recovered from the encounter spot, they said.A senior law enforcement officers claimed, prima facie, Maoists have suffered a “substantial loss” in the gunfight.”Different joint teams of security forces, over 2,000 in number, had launched a major anti-Naxal operation from Bijapur and Sukma districts in the South Bastar forests, considered as the Maoist fortress, on Friday night,” state’s Deputy Inspector General (anti-naxal operations) OP Pal said.The personnel belonging to the Central Reserve Police Force CRPF ), its elite unit CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Unique Task Force (STF) were associated with the operation released from 5 places – Tarrem, Usoor and Pamed (Bijapur) and Minpa and Narsapuram (Sukma), he said.”At around 12 midday on Saturday, an encounter broke out between the patrolling team that was dispatched from Tarrem and ultras belonging PLGA (Peoples’ Freedom Guerilla Army) battalion of Maoists near Jonaguda town under Jagargunda police station area (in Sukma),” Pal stated, including the gunfight lasted for about three hours.As per the details received up until now, 5 security personnel have actually been killed and 12 others injured, he said.”Of the martyred personnel, one belonged to the CoBRA system and 2 each are from the DRG and the ‘Bastariya’ battalion of the CRPF,” the DIG said.He said a female naxal was likewise gunned down in the encounter.Citing the “ground report”, Friend claimed that Maoists have actually suffered a big loss in the gunfight.”Supports were hurried to the area and the operation was underway to evacuate injured jawans as well as the bodies from the forest through helicopters,” he said.State’s Director General of Police DM Awasthi, Job Force Commander of IAF’s Anti-Naxal Task Force (ANTF) and senior cops authorities monitored the rescue operation and the scenario from the ‘ops space’ at the cops headquarter, he said.On March 23, five DRG workers were eliminated when Naxals exploded a bus carrying security personnel with an IED in Narayanpur district.

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