One CRPF personnel killed in encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur

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Chhattisgarh, June 28 : One CRPF personnel lost his life and another personnel was injured in an encounter that broke out between the security forces and the naxals on Friday in Keshkutul area of Bijapur, Chhattisgarh.

Arms and ammunition has been recovered from the encounter site.

Security forces on Friday destroyed a Maoist camp after a gun battle in Chhattisgarh, officials said.

The 27th Battalion of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) targeted the camp in Rajnandgaon district, close to the Maharashtra border.

In ANother development, a brief battle broke out at around 4 a.m. when the ITBP and Chhattisgarh Police reached the jungles of Kohkatoli near the Rajnandgaon-Kanker-Gadchiroli border.

The rebels, believed to be 20 to 26, escaped from the site. Seized from the spot were a 303 rifle, two 12 bore rifles, an air gun, a wireless set and other items.

According to an ITBP statement, it is believed that local Maoist commander Sukh Lal was leading the group in the jungle when the encounter broke out.

A Naxal of the Manipur-Nuapada divisional committee, carrying a reward of eight lakh on his head was arrested by the Special Investigation Branch (SIB) team in Kanker here on Thursday.

P Sundar Raj, DIG, anti-Naxal operations said: “A Naxal of the Mainpur-Nuapada divisional committee, Muive, also known as Gaganna, was arrested by the SIB team.”

“He has been active in Dhamtari, Gariaband, Mahasamund, Kanker and Kondagaon of Mainpur-Nuapada division. He was carrying a reward of eight lakhs that had been announced by the government,” he further said.


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