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Chhattisgarh Encounter: Anti-Maoist Operation Leaves 8 Maoists Dead, 1 Jawan Lost Life

Security forces encountered Maoists in Abujhmarh, a hilly forest area located within Narayanpur, Bijapur, and Dantewada districts.

Edited By : News24 Desk | Updated: Jun 15, 2024 15:04 IST
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Chhattisgarh Encounter: Maoist Leader Among 8 Killed in Abujhmarh Forest Clash
Chhattisgarh Encounter: Maoist Leader Among 8 Killed in Abujhmarh Forest Clash

At least 8 Maoists were killed in an encounter with security forces in Abujhmarh. One Jawan was killed and two injured during the operation.

Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district has been in a prolonged exchange of fire for the last two days.

Abujhmarh is a hill forest area belonging to the Narayanpur, Bijapur,  and Dantewada districts. The geographically isolated and largely inaccessible region is considered a source of Maoist activity.

An exchange of fire broke out in Abhujmarhi forest this morning when a joint team of security personnel from four districts — Narayanpur, Kanker, Dantewada, and Kondagaon — conducted an anti-Naxal operation, PTI reported.

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The operation, involving four District Reserve Guard (DRG) personnel, the Special Task Force (STF), and the 53rd Battalion of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), began on June 12.

This comes days after six Maoists were killed by security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district. The deceased received a total reward of ₹ 38,000.

The operation was the largest attack by security forces against the People’s Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA). 6, which is considered the mainstay of the Maoist offensive force.

“The operation, involving separate teams of security personnel, was launched late on June 6 on the border of Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Dantewada, and Bastar districts based on information about the presence of Maoists from the formations of PLGA Army Company No. 6 and East Bastar. Division.” Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) Sundarraj P told the media last week.

During a site search, authorities recovered the bodies of six Naxalites wearing uniforms from various locations. They also found two .303 rifles, one .315 bore rifle, 10 BGL (barrel grenade launcher) shells, one SLR magazine, a pressure cooker bomb, five bags, a substantial amount of explosives, medicines, and daily use items, Sundarraj reported.

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First published on: Jun 15, 2024 01:18 PM IST

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