Sukma District, July 29, 2023: A fierce gun battle took place between security personnel and a squad of cadres belonging to the CPI (Maoist) in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh state on Saturday.
The encounter broke out this morning in the forest of village Chhotekedwal, located in a Maoist stronghold on the border of Chintagufa and Kistaram police station limits, when security personnel were out on an anti-Maoist operation, a police official said.
Personnel belonging to the state police’s District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the elite Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) of the Central Reserve Police Force were involved in the operation, he said.
“The operation was launched based on inputs about the presence of Divisional Committee member and in charge of Kistaram Area Committee of the CPI (Maoist) Raju and in-charge of platoon number 8 Masa along with 30-35 cadres in Chhotekedwal, Badekedwal and Singhanmadgu villages to observe the Maoist party’s martyrs’ week,” he said.
The Maoists opened fire on security personnel and faced retaliation, he said, adding that the one-hour firefight resulted in four to six Maoists getting injured or killed.
“The Maoists managed to drag the injured or dead into the forests. A search operation is underway in the area,” the official said.
The CPI (Maoist) observes ‘martyrs’ week’ from July 28 to August 3 to mark the deaths of their colleagues in action.
Source : https://theprint.in/india/chhattisgarh-fierce-encounter-takes-place-between-security-forces-naxalites-in-sukma-4-6-ultras-killed-or-injured-say-officials/1691570/