Two alleged Maoists were killed in a fierce encounter in Dubakonta area of insurgency-hit Sukma district on Thursday morning.
Police officers said two bodies have been recovered, though there could be more insurgent casualties given the nature of the encounter and the material recovered from the spot.
Police said the area where the encounter took place was deep in the jungles, around 20 km from Chintagufa, considered a core stronghold of the Maoists, and extensive search operations post the encounter “are difficult to carry out”. The operation was launched by the CRPF’s Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (COBRA) 208 battalion and the District Reserve Group, the police said.
“The operation was planned based on inputs that Hidma (head of the military battalion 1 of the naxals) was to participate in the wedding ceremony of a cadre member in Dubakonta village, after which composite forces were mobilised to nab him,” said S R Kalluri, Inspector General of Police, Bastar.