Raipur: At least 10 Maoists, including six women, were gunned down in an encounter near Telangana-Chhattisgarh border, early this morning. A commando from the anti-Maoist Greyhound team was also killed in the gunfight, police said.
- 10 Maoists killed in anti-Naxal operations in Chhattisgarh
- Encounter started early morning in the Pujari Kanker forests, say police
- One security personnel from anti-Maoists forces, Greyhounds, has died
The encounter broke out when a joint team of anti-Maoist Greyhounds from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and special police personnel from Odisha, Chattisgarh and Maharashtra were conducting combing operations in the border areas near Pujari Kankar, around 500 km from Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh.
"The encounter started early morning in the Pujari Kanker forests where forces gunned down Maoists," the Special Director General, Anti-Naxal Operations, DM Awasthi, told NDTV.
Three other security personnel were also injured in the encounter, he said, adding that "The injured have been shifted to a hospital in Bhadrachalam and if required they will be shifted to a bigger hospital in Raipur."
Arms and ammunition were recovered from the site and police are scouring the area for the remaining suspects, senior police officer Mohit Garg said.
Last month, four suspected Maoists were killed in a firefight with security forces in Jharkhand.