A police jawan was killed in an exchange of fire with naxals in Gyarapatti forest area here, police said today.
The incident took place last night when naxals, who were hiding in dense jungles, opened indiscriminate fire on a team of the District Police Force, who were on a routine patrol in the area, they said.
Policemen also fired in retaliation.
The face-off continued for a while, following which jawan Umesh Pandurang Jawle (28) was killed on the spot, Pravin Nimbalkar, Gadchiroli police inspector said in a release here.
Searches at the spot uncovered one country made rifle, and walkie talkies.
At least three naxalites are also suspected to have been killed in the encounter but the outlaws succeeded in taking away their bodies, police said.
Anti-naxal operations have been intensified in the Maoist-infested area following the incident.