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Raipur: Jawan injured in encounter with Naxals dies

Raipur: Jawan injured in encounter with Naxals dies

Raipur: A police jawan, who was critically injured in a fierce encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur district last week, died at a private hospital in Raipur on Tuesday.

Assistant Constable Santosh Markam (32), posted at Orchha police station of Narayanpur, died this morning at Ramkrishna Care Hospital in Raipur, a police official said.

Markam was a native of Ghodagaon village of Narayanpur district, located about 250 kms from in Raipur.

The body will be sent to Jagdalpur (Bastar district’s headquarters) after postmortem, as the jawan’s relatives want to perform his final rites there, the official said.

He will be cremated with full honour, he said. Markam had sustained bullet injuries in his stomach during the gun-battle between security personnel and ultras in the restive Kodenar forests under Orchha police station limits on January 19 this year.

He was airlifted to the state capital on the same day for treatment.

PTI