Four Maoists killed in gunfight in insurgency-hit Jagdalpur

, 11:20 PM IST

New Delhi: Four Maoist guerrillas were killed in a gunfight with police in Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on Wednesday, police said.

Two of the deceased Maoists were identified as platoon commander Markam Deva and Katekalyan area commander Masa.

One police personnel was injured in the gun battle, which occurred at the forest near Ubbakunna village in Gadiras police station jurisdiction.

After the gunfight, police seized four 303 rifles, two .12 bore pistols two 315 bore rifles wire detonators apart from Maoist literature, Bastar Inspector General of Police S.R.P. Kalluri and Dantewada Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap said.

As many as 150 police personnel were sent after a tip-off about the presence of 50-60 Maoists in the area. The ensuing encounter lasted for nearly two hours.