Seven Naxalites and three women killed in Chhattisgarh encounter

At least seven naxals, including three women, were shot down in an encounter on Wednesday with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police officials said.

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The encounter took place at around 6 am in the forest near Timinar and Pusnar villages along the border of Bijapur and Dantewada districts when a joint team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF) was out on an anti-Maoist operation, state’s Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P said. Acting on a tip-off, security forces had launched the operation from Dantewada district in the forest along the border of the two districts, he added.

While they were cordoning off jungles of Timinar and Pusnar villages, located around 450 kilometres away from the state capital Raipur, in Bijapur, the exchange of fire broke out between the two sides.

Bodies of seven Maoists were recovered after an encounter on the border of Bijapur and Dantewada districts in Bastar early on Thursday morning. Senior police officials said two INSAS rifles were among the weapons recovered, indicating that the Maoists involved in the exchange of fire were high-level cadre. With intermittent firing still in progress, and not wanting to take chances, senior officials said that reinforcements have been sent into the area.

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