Sukma District, February 4, 2024: A cadre of the CPI (Maoist) was killed in a gun battle with security personnel in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Sunday, a police official announced to the press today.
The exchange of fire took place in a forest between Nagaram and Pantabheji villages under Bheji police station limits when security forces were out on an anti-Maoist operation, the police official declared.
The operation was launched based on intelligence inputs about the presence of a member of the Konta Area Committee of the CPI (Maoist), Sodhi Gajendra, and other leaders of the Maoist party, along with 15-20 armed Maoist cadres in the forest, the official stated.
During the search operation, security forces encountered a squad of armed cadres of the Maoist party and a firefight ensued, following which the Maoists escaped into the forest. In the aftermath of the skirmish, the body of a Maoist, a 12 bore rifle, a pistol and Maoist-related materials were recovered from the site of the encounter, the official commented.
The identity of the slain Maoist is yet to be ascertained, while a search operation is still underway in the vicinity, the official remarked. Personnel belonging to District Reserve Guard (DRG), Bastar Fighters, (both units of the state police), and the 219th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were involved in the operation, the police official added.
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