2 CoBRA Commandos Injured During Encounter With CPI (Maoist) Squadron In Bijapur District

Bijapur District, May 22, 2023: Two commandos of the Central Reserve Police Force’s jungle warfare unit CoBRA were injured in an encounter between security forces and a squadron of cadres belonging to the CPI (Maoist) in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, police said on May 22.

Several Maoists also received bullet injuries in the firefight which took place at around 8 p.m. on Sunday in Bijapur district, located around 400 km from the State capital Raipur, they said.

A joint team of the District Reserve Guard and the CRPF’s Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) launched a search operation from Pusnar camp on Sunday evening after getting information about an improvised explosive device (IED) planted between Pusnar and Hiroli villages under Gangaloor police station limits, an official said.

At around 8 p.m., the gun battle broke out between the security personnel and Maoists in the area.

After a brief exchange of fire, the Maoists escaped into the dense forest, he said.

Constables Nakul and Mohammad Shahid, belonging to CoBRA’s 202nd battalion, suffered from injuries on their hands and legs in the skirmish, the official said.

They were were shifted to the Bijapur district hospital and their condition was stated to be out of danger, he said.

Several Maoists were also injured in the clash and were seen escaping from the spot, the official said.

A search operation was underway in the area, he added.

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