Security forces on Thursday killed at least eight Naxalites, including four women, in an encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, a senior police official said.
Firearms, including two Insas rifles, were recovered from the encounter site.
Encounter at dawn
The gun battle took place around 6 a.m. in a forest area near Timinar and Pusnar villages along the boundary of Bijapur and Dantewada districts, Deputy Inspector General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj. P said.
‘Acting on a tip-off, a joint team of the District Reserve Guard and the Special Task Force launched the operation from Dantewada on Wednesday in the forest area, he said.
While the security men were cordoning off the forest areas in Timinar and Pusnar villages in Bijapur, around 450 km from the State capital Raipur, an exchange of fire broke out between the two sides on Thursday, he said.
The gun battle lasted for about two hours, following which the Naxals fled into the core forest area, the DIG said.
“After guns fell silent, bodies of seven Naxals, including three women, were initially recovered from the spot,” he said. Later, one more body of a woman Naxal was found.
Two Insas rifles, two .303 rifles, a 12bore gun and a few muzzle loading guns were recovered, the DIG said.
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