IN a major action against Naxals, four uniformed Naxals including two female were killed in a fierce encounter with security forces in forest patches of Karkanguda under Chintalnar police station limits on Sukma-Bijapur border. One INSAS rifle, two .303 rifles, explosives and other Naxal materials were recovered following the encounter that took place on Tuesday morning. No casualties were reported. Confirming the incident, Additional Superintendent of Police Shalabh Sinha said based on specific input a joint team of 201st Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) and District Force (DF) had left for search operations towards forest areas of Karkanguda. According to ASP, the moment security forces reached Karkunda, they were surrounded by indiscriminate firing of Naxals.
Security personnel took their positions and retaliated back. The continuous firing of security forces pushed Naxals on back-foot and later Naxals escaped deep inside forest areas. The ASP said that after the guns fell silent, security personnel searched the entire area and the bodies of four slain Maoists (two male and two female) killed in heavy exchange of fire were recovered from the spot. One INSAS rifle, .303 rifle, arms and ammunitions, explosives and other Naxal materials were also recovered during search operations. According to police, the blood stains were also seen at incident spot, indicating the chances that more Naxals were injured in gun battle.
Though the exact numbers of Maoists injured in the gun battle could not be ascertained.
However by an estimate more than 50 Naxals were reportedly involved in the exchange of fire with the security forces. There was no casualty of security personnel reported in the exchange of fire and they are all safe. Further details of the incident are awaited as security forces were yet to return to their base camps. According to ASP, CRPF, District Force and CoBRA personnel are continuously carrying out intensive search operation at different locations to ensure safety aspects in view of the ensuing elections to the Lok Sabha..
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