Chhattisgarh: 7 naxals including 3 women gun down in Bijapur
New Delhi : Close to seven naxals, including three women, were gunned down by security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district during an encounter today, July 19. The fierce encounter is still underway, reports ANI.
The gun firing 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 of Police P Sundarraj said, according to PTI.
Besides, security forces had launched the operation from Dantewada district in the forest along the border of the two districts, he said.
While they were covering the jungles of Timinar and Pusnar villages which are located around 450 km away from the state capital Raipur, in Bijapur, the gun firing from both the side broke out, he said.
"After guns fell silent, bodies of seven naxals, including three women, were recovered from the spot," the DIG said.
Besides, two Insas rifles, two .303 rifles, one 12 bore gun and a few muzzle loading guns were also recovered from the spot, he said.
More details are awaited as the search operation is still underway in the area, he added.