Two BSF jawans were killed and four others injured in a fierce encounter between Border Security Force patrol and armed Naxal cadres in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district.
The encounter took place near the Chhotebethiya-Pakhanjore jungle axis of the Maoist violence- hit district around 300 kms away from Raipur.A joint squad of BSF’s 117th and 122nd battalion along with district force had launched the anti-Naxal operation from Chhotebethiya camp of BSF in Pakhanjore region.
Naxals attacked Border Security Force patrol personnel as a part of a one-day Bastar-bandh call on Saturday when 2 BSF jawans martyred in the exchange of fire.
The bandh call was given by the naxals in protest against the alleged fake encounter and surrender of tribals in the region, according to posters pasted on the walls in different places.
Kanker Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Jayant Vaishnav said when the security forces reached near a river in the dense forest of Becha village, Naxals opened indiscriminate firing on them, leaving six jawans injured in which two succumbed to their injuries while being airlifted to Raipur and four other injured have been shifted to Raipur and admitted at Ramkrishna Care Hospital.
The deceased jawans have been identified as Vijay Kumar and Rakesh Nehra, while the injured are Manoj Kumar, S Thomson, Jagdish K and Bappa D.