10 Naxals Killed In Encounter With Security Forces In Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur

On Thursday at least 10 Naxals were killed in an encounter with the Special Task Force and District Reserve Guard in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district. Bijapur Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg said that the face-off took place around 11 am in a forest in Bhairamgarh police station area. It was executed in a joint action by the Special Task Force (STF) and the District Reserve Guard (DRG) who were out on an anti-Naxal mission as they had information about a Naxal training camp near a village called Borga Takliod, around 22 kilometres from the Bhairamgarh Police Station. "So far, the bodies of 10 Naxals along with 11 weapons have been recovered from the spot," he said. "Police received a specific input about the presence of Maoist Divisional Committee members Rajman Mandavi and Sukhlal with 50-60 cadres in the interiors of Bhairamgarh forest. They were reportedly conducting a training camp for the lower-rung cadres there," he said. Awasthi termed it as a successful intelligence-based operation at the beginning of the year and said that such search operations will continue in the area. Earlier this year, on January 23 Security Forces recovered a huge cache of materials related to Maoist activities including an improvised bomb. All these were recovered after a gunfight of the armed forces with the Naxals in Rajnandgaon district of the state. However, it was stated that nobody was injured.

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