Two naxals killed in encounter with police in Chhattisgarh

Raipur: Two Naxals, one of them carrying a reward on his head, were on Saturday gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said.

The gun battle broke out at around 12:30 pm in the forest of Mankapal village under Gadiras police station area when a team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on a counter-insurgency operation, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI.

The operation was launched on a specific input about the presence ultras, he said.

After a brief exchange of fire, the ultras fled into the dense forest, he said.

During search, police recovered bodies of two male ultras, he added.

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They are identified as Gundadhur, an LGS (local guerrilla squad) commander of Malangir area committee of Maoists, and Aaytu who was a security guard of a senior cadre Vinod (a divisional committee member), the IG said.

Gundadhur was carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head, he said.

Further details are awaited, he added.

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