Naxalite Killed In Skirmish With Security Forces In Bastar Division

Bastar Division, March 11, 2024: A Naxalite was killed in a skirmish with security personnel, and a police jawan was injured in a pressure improvised explosive device (IED) explosion in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar division on Monday, a police official announced to the press today.

The incidents occurred in the forests along the border of Dantewada and Bijapur districts, a police official said.

A firefight took place between 8 am and 9 am when joint teams of security forces were out on an anti-Naxalite operation, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Gaurav Rai declared.

The operation was launched on Sunday based on inputs about the presence of armed Naxalites along the inter-district border, located around 450 km from the state capital Raipur.

Teams comprising personnel from the District Reserve Guard and Bastar Fighters from Dantewada, Bijapur and Sukma districts, Special Task Force (STF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and its elite Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) were involved in the operation, the police official remarked.

The exchange of fire broke out in the forest near Purangel under Kirandul police station limits (Dantewada district) and Pidia under Gangaloor police station limits (Bijapur district) when one of the patrolling teams was cordoning off the area, the police official commented.

Following the encounter, the body of a Naxalite, along with a weapon, was recovered from the spot, the police official stated, adding the deceased was yet to be identified.

Following the gun battle, a search was operation launched in the area under Gangaloor police station limits, during which a police constable accidentally stepped on a pressure improvised explosive device connection, triggering a blast around 2.30 pm, another police official commented.

Constable Ramu Korsa, belonging to Bastar Fighters, sustained injuries to his legs, the police official mentioned.

The injured jawan was admitted to the Bijapur district hospital, where his condition was stated to be out of danger, the police official pronounced, adding that a search operation was still underway in nearby areas.

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