Updated: December 28, 2021 3:44:48 am
At least six Maoists, including four women, were killed in a gunfight with security forces in Pesalapadu forest area bordering Telangana’s Bhadradri Kothagudem in Chattisgarh’s Sukma district early on Monday morning, officials said.
The joint operation by the two states was carried out by the Greyhounds forces from Telangana and assisted by Chhattisgarh’s District Reserve Guards (DRG) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the officials said.
The Maoists are believed to be part of the Cherla Area Committee of the Communist Party of India (Maoist). One of their senior leaders may be among the dead, the police said, adding that the deceased are yet to be identified.
Bhardradri Kothagudem Superintendent of Police Sunil Dutt said on Sunday the forces launched an operation after they received a tip-off about a group of Maoists camping in the Pesalpadu area, around 400km from Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur.
“The information was that they were preparing IEDs to attack police. A joint operation by Chattisgarh forces and Telangana Greyhounds was taken up and the encounter with the group of Maoists occurred between 6:30 am to 7 am. At least six Maoists have died. They are yet to be identified,” Dutt said.
Bastar inspector-general P Sundarraj too said the operation was launched after specific intelligence. “The main action was with the Telangana forces and our men from CRPF and DRG provided support in the Kistaram area,” he said.
In April this year, 22 security personnel lost their lives in an ambush by Maoists at the Sukma-Bijapur border in Chhattisgarh.
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