Raipur, July 19: At least seven naxals, including three women, were today killed in a fierce encounter with security forces in Chhattigsarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said.
The skirmish took place at around 6 am in the forest near Timinar and Pusnar villages along the border of Bijapur and Dantewada districts when a joint team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF) was out on an anti-Maoist operation, state’s Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (anti-naxal operations) Sundarraj P said.
Acting on a tip-off, security forces had launched the operation from Dantewada district in the forest along the border of the two districts, he said.
While they were cordoning off jungles of Timinar and Pusnar villages, located around 450 km away from the state capital Raipur, in Bijapur, the exchange of fire broke out between the two sides, he said.
“After guns fell silent, bodies of seven naxals, including three women, were recovered from the spot,” the DIG said.