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Three women Naxals killed in encounter with security forces in Sukma

New Delhi: Three women Naxals, including a commander rank cadre, were on Wednesday killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said.

The face-off took place in the afternoon between a joint team of security personnel and ultras in the forests of Gadiras police station area, Sukma Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI.

“We had specific inputs about presence of anarmed group of Maoists near village Bade Satti in Gadiras area. So, along with CRPF’s 195th battalion and CoBRA’s 206th battalion, a team of local police led by SHO Gadiras police station Mohsin Khan besides two assistant commandants of paramilitaries launched a search operation in the area,” he said.

Gadiras is located around 400 kms away from here.

The security forces were approaching the interior village, when it came under heavy fire from a squad of the Maoists.

The police retaliated, killing the three extremists while the others fled following an hour long skirmish, Elesela said.

During the search, bodies of the three women Naxals along with one muzzle loading gun, one country made revolver, pipe bombs, detonators and several other items were recovered from the spot, he added.

“One of the killed ultras has been identified as Bade Satti LOS (local organisation squad) Commander Anju while the identity of the others is being ascertained,” the SP said.