Six Maoists were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district on Wednesday, the police said.
Anti-Naxal Operations Special Director General DM Awasthi said that the bodies of the six have been recovered, while many more may have been injured or even killed. “Of these six, three are men, all of them wore uniform and the weapons recovered include 3 303 rifles, 2 12 bore rifles and 1 single barrel weapon among other items.’’ He said that two Naxals were captured alive. “Search operations are still ongoing and we will identify the deceased at the earliest.’’
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Chhattisgarh police sources said that they had received intelligence inputs about the movement of 50 to 60 Naxals holding a meeting on the Dantewada-Sukma border four to five days ago.
Wednesday’s gunfight was the second biggest in Dantewada since four Naxals were killed in Dabba Kunna in August. Four months earlier, Maoists had attacked a truck carrying CRPF personnel in Malewada and killed 7 personnel.