Malkangiri: In a major crackdown on the banned Maoist outfit, two Naxals, including a woman, were today gunned down in an encounter with security forces in a dense forest of Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, police said.
The encounter took place at around 7:30 am in Muduvandi-Kawadgaon forest axis when a joint team of security forces was out on an anti-Maoist operation, Deputy Inspector General of Police (south Bastar Range) Sundarraj told reporters.
The operation that was launched last night in the interiors of Gangaloor, involved composite forces of CRPF’s elite unit Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) 204th battalion and District Reserve Guard (DRG), the DIG said.
While combing operations were underway, the rebels opened fire on security forces this morning following which the security forces took position and retaliated by firing that forced the extremists to flee from the spot, he said.
During search, two Naxals clad in “uniform” were found dead at the spot. Besides, one .303 rifle, one 12 bore gun and one country-made pistol, were also recovered from there, the officer added.
Further details are awaited as the operation was still underway, he added.