The Chhattisgarh police have claimed to have killed five suspected Maoists in a firefight in a forested area in Narayanpur district. Anti-Naxal Operations Special Director General DM Awasthi said the firefight was triggered after police teams were rushed to the Becha following an intelligence input on Friday.
“The encounter took place late in the afternoon of November 18, when there was firing from (Maoists) military company number 6,’” he said. “Five Maoist bodies have been recovered, along with some arms and ammunition.’” He said that the Indo-Tibetan Border Police too provided support for the operation.
Awasthi said search parties have been rushed to the scene.
Officials said that one 315 bore rifle, 3 12 bore rifles, ammunition and other daily material were recovered from the scene of the firefight that lasted for over an hour.
The loss of five men is the second major setback for Maoists within a week. Six Maoists were killed in Dantewada a few days earlier.