Raipur: Two Naxals, who were allegedly involved in the murder of a Sarpanch last year, were today killed in a fierce gun-battle with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s worst insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said.
The skirmish took place this afternoon at Vanjalvaya village under Golapalli police station limits between a joint team of security personnel and the ultras, Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range SRP Kalluri told PTI.
Acting on specific inputs provided by intelligence agencies, a compact contingent of Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Group (DRG) had launched an operation from Kistaram police station towards Golappali- a Maoist stronghold in south Bastar, located around 500 kms away from here, the officer said.
Sensing their presence near Vanjalvaya, a group of armed cadres opened indiscriminate firing on them prompting security forces to retaliate, the IG said.
According to Kalluri, however, after around an hour of the ensuing gunfight, the Naxals fled to the dense forests.
During the search in the forests, body of two Maoists clad in ‘uniform’ besides two muzzle loading guns, ‘pitthus’ (bags) and Maoist literature were recovered from the spot, he added.
Police said those killed were identified as Dusra Dharma (35)-Janatana Sarkar (peoples’ government) head and Vetti Raju (25), head of Dandakaranya Adivasi Kisan Majdoor Sangthan (DAKMS)- a frontal outfit of Maoist.
The duo was allegedly involved in killing the Sarpanch of Golapalli Sunnam Hidma in March last year, the IG said, adding they were also wanted in other incidents of violence in the region.
With this encounter, 23 ultras have so far been killed in separate gun-battles in the Bastar region this month, the IG said.