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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Chhattisgarh encounter LIVE UPDATES: 12 rebels, elite force personnel killed in anti-Maoist operation in Bijapur

Chhattisgarh Maoist encounter: At least twelve Maoists are believed to have been killed in an encounter with a joint patrolling team from five states along the Telangana border. Two of the Maoists were identified as Damodar and Lakshmanna. One security personnel also lost his life in the gunbattle.

Chhattisgarh encounter: At least twelve Maoists were reportedly killed and one policeman injured on Friday in an encounter in Pujari Kanker. (Representational)

At least 12 Maoists were shot dead in an encounter with a joint patrolling team from five states, near Telangana-Chhattisgarh border, in the wee hours on Friday, while one greyhound commando of Telangana police also lost his life in the gunbattle. Two of the Maoists were identified as Damodar and Lakshmanna. According to sources, Damodar was the head of the north Telangana special zone.

A joint team of anti-Naxal Greyhounds from Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, and special police personnel from Odisha, Chattisgarh and Maharashtra were conducting combing operations in the border areas when the encounter occurred near Pujari Kankar.

(With inputs from Express News Service)

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  1. 3:22PM
    02 Mar, 18
    Arms and ammunition recovered from the spot

    Arms and ammunition including one AK 47, five INSAS, one SLR, one .303 rifle, two single bore rifles and pistol recovered in the operation. One sony wireless, three laptops, cash worth Rs 41,000 and some explosive materials also recovered from the spot.

  2. 12:11PM
    02 Mar, 18

    Security personnel shift the body of one of the deceased to a helicopter. (Express photo)

  3. 12:01PM
    02 Mar, 18
    Bodies of ten Maoists recovered from the spot

    Bastar deputy inspector general said the bodies of ten Maoists, including four women, have been recovered from the spot till now. The body of Commando Sushil has also been shifted along with the other bodies to Bhadrachalam hospital.

  4. 11:53AM
    02 Mar, 18

    A chopper lands on the area of the encounter to shift the deceased to the hospital. (Express photo)

  5. 11:48AM
    02 Mar, 18
    6 women Maoists killed

    Police said six of the 12 Maoists who were killed in the encounter were women.

  6. 11:44AM
    02 Mar, 18

    At least 12 Maoists were killed in an encounter in Pujari Kankar while three cops were injured in a similar encounter in Venkatapuram. (Photo: Google Maps)

  7. 11:30AM
    02 Mar, 18
    Two choppers to shift bodies to hospital

    Two choppers have been pressed into service to shift the bodies to Bhadrachalam government hospital.

  8. 11:21AM
    02 Mar, 18

    According to officials, the combing operations in the region began three days ago. The rebels were cornered at Venkatapuram-cherla-pujari kanker area.

  9. 11:16AM
    02 Mar, 18

    The bodies of the deceased are being shifted to Kothagudem government hospital.

  10. 11:15AM
    02 Mar, 18

    According to officials, around 50-60 Maoists had gathered for a meeting when the encounter broke out. The remaining rebels managed to escape.

  11. 11:10AM
    02 Mar, 18
    Maoist head of north Telangana special zone killed

    Damodar and Lakshmanna were among the 12 Maoists who were killed in the incident. According to sources, Damodar was the head of the north Telangana special zone.

  12. 11:08AM
    02 Mar, 18
    Maoist encounter in Telangana

    Three policemen were injured in a separate Maoist encounter at Venkatapuram in Jayshankar Bhoopalpally district of Telangana.

  13. 11:07AM
    02 Mar, 18
    Greyhounds constable Sushil Kumar dead

    Greyhounds constable Sushil Kumar, who was injured in the incident, succumbed to his injuries.