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Sukma encounter: 2 security personnel, 1 civilian dead

Sukma encounter: 2 security personnel, 1 civilian dead
Paramilitary soldiers patrol with an anti-landmine vehicle at Jhitka near Lalgarh in the West Midnapore district, some 170 km (106 miles) west of the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, June 21, 2009. Police on Saturday said they had regained control of Lalgarh, captured by Maoist rebels in one of the most brazen attacks in recent years. Indian police on Saturday said they had regained control of a West Bengal town captured by Maoist rebels in one of the most brazen attacks in recent years. Marching behind an anti-landmine vehicle, hundreds of police in flak jackets and combat gear entered the town of Lalgarh, about 170 km (100 miles) from Kolkata, capital of the eastern state. REUTERS/Jayanta Shaw (INDIA CONFLICT MILITARY)

Sukma (Chhattisgarh): Two assistant constables and a civilian were killed and six security personnel injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district on Sunday.

Heavy exchange of fire between the troops of 202nd battalion of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) and Naxals is still underway near Elarmadgu village which falls under the purview of Bhejji police station.

The injured security personnel are being airlifted to Raipur for medical treatment.

Another helicopter has been deployed to carry the mortal remains of the two jawans.

Special DG, anti-Naxal operation DM Awasthi earlier confirmed that four jawans of District Reserve Guards (DRG) and two jawans of Special Task Force (STF) were injured in the encounter.

Meanwhile, in another encounter near Errabore village in Sukma, one Naxal has been gunned down by the police. (ANI)