16 Apr 2024

Chhattisgarh: 29 Maoists Killed in Major Anti-Naxal Operation in Kanker

Kankaer: In a major anti-Naxal operation in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district, security forces have eliminated 29 rebel insurgents, including a prominent Maoist leader named Shankar Rao, revealed SP Kalyan Elesela. The encounter is currently ongoing within the forested terrain under the jurisdiction of Chhotebethiya police station.

According to the Border Security Force (BSF), a joint operation conducted with the District Reserve Guard (DRG) in the Binagunda area, directed by specific intelligence inputs, led to the lethal confrontation. Engaging with heavy gunfire initiated by the insurgents, the BSF units retaliated, resulting in an intense exchange of fire.

Initially confirming the death of eight Maoists, Superintendent of Police Kalyan Elesela stated that the casualty count might rise as the combing operation continues. Subsequently, the BSF announced the recovery of 29 Maoist bodies from the site, alongside the seizure of seven AK series rifles and three Light Machine Guns (LMGs).

Two security personnel sustained injuries

During the skirmish, two security personnel sustained injuries, with one BSF member receiving a bullet wound to the leg. The injured personnel are out of danger. The anti-Naxal operation remains active as of now.

This significant development precedes the commencement of Lok Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh, with the Bastar constituency slated for voting in the initial phase on April 19, followed by Kanker, along with Rajnandgaon and Mahasamund, in the subsequent phase on April 26.

68 insurgents killed since December 2023

Recent data indicates a surge in encounters between security forces and Maoists in the Bastar region, resulting in the deaths of 68 insurgents since December 2023. Throughout 2023, a total of 70 encounters occurred, culminating in the death of 22 Maoists, with 394 individuals apprehended by security forces during the same period.

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