24 May 2024

Chhattisgarh: Eight suspected Maoists killed in encounter with security forces in Narayanpur

Security forces have claimed to have killed eight suspected Maoists in an encounter in Maoist-affected Narayanpur of Chhattisgarh.

Police say that the search operation is still going on and the number of casualties may increase.

A top police officer told, "After the news of presence of Maoists in Rekawaya area of Narayanpur on Wednesday night, Bastar Fighter, STF and District Reserve Guard personnel from three districts - Narayanpur, Bijapur and Dantewada started the operation. The encounter started around 11 am on Thursday."

Encounter continued throughout the day on Thursday 

Police claim that the encounter continued throughout the day on Thursday and there was intermittent firing from both sides. During this time, the police recovered the bodies of seven suspected Maoists and an automatic rifle from the spot.

About a thousand jawans involved in this operation had surrounded the area from all sides.

On Friday morning, security forces said that they had recovered the body of another suspected Maoist. In this way the number of ultras killed increased to eight.

Police say that the jawans have not yet returned from the encounter area. The complete picture will be clear only after his return.

Big success: CM Sai

Meanwhile, State Chief Minister Vishnudev Sai has said that this is a big success of our jawans.

The Chief Minister said- "I salute the courage of the jawans. Our goal is to end Naxalism."

For the last few months, continuous operations are being conducted against suspected Maoists in Chhattisgarh.

Last month, on April 2, the police claimed to have killed 13 Maoists in Gangalur area.

Similarly, on April 16, the police said that 29 Maoists were killed in an encounter in Kalpar, Kanker.

In Naxal history, such a large number of Maoists had never been killed in a single encounter in Chhattisgarh.

The police had earlier claimed to have killed 10 Maoists in Takameta on April 30 and 12 Maoists in Pedia on May 10 this month.

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