Five Special Task Force (STF) personnel were injured in a major encounter with Maoists in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. Three out of the five injured are said to be critical.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (Dantewada range) Sundarraj P told PTI that the exchange of fire was underway between a joint team of security forces and ultras in the interior forests of Chintagufa police station area.
PTI reported that the joint team, comprising personnel from STF, District Reserve Guard (DRG) and CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), was carrying out anti-Naxal operation in Chintagufa area, around 500 km from Raipur. The team members were cordoning off a forest patch in southern part of Chintagufa when they came under fire from a group of Naxals, the IPS officer told the news agency. The security forces retaliated triggering an exchange of fire, he said.
Reinforcements were sent as soon as word of the encounter got out and evacuation process was put into place.
Earlier this year, in April, in one of the worst Maoist attacks on security forces, 25 CRPF personnel lost their lives in Burkapal area under the Chintagufa police station limits.
(Inputs from PTI)