2 CPI (Maoist) Cadres Killed In Firefight With Police In Sukma District

Sukma District, May 8, 2023: Two cadres of the CPI (Maoist) were killed in an encounter with police in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Monday morning, an official said.

The firefight took place at around 5.30 am in a forest near Danteshpuram village under Bheji police station limits, located more than 400 km from state capital Raipur, when a team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) personnel was out on an anti-Maoist operation, Sukma Superintendent of Police Sunil Sharma told PTI.

The police had specific inputs about the presence of CPI (Maoist) Golapalli Local Organization Squad (LOS) commander Madkam Erra along with 30-35 team members.

Hence, separate teams of DRG, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and its elite unit Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) launched the operation on Sunday night, he said.

When one of the patrolling teams of the DRG was cordoning off Danteshpuram forest, armed Maoists opened fire leading to the gun battle, he said.

Following the exchange of fire, the bodies of two Maoists were recovered from the spot, the official said.

They were identified as LOS commander Erra and a woman cadre, Podiyam Bhime, deputy commander of the same squad, Sharma said.

A search operation was underway in nearby areas, he added.

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