A woman Naxal was gunned down in an exchange of fire with security forces in a forest pocket of Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district today, police said.
“The skirmish took place between the ultras and a joint team of Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Group (DRG) in a forest near Gorkha village under Konta police station limits,” Sukma Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI.
The security personnel, while carrying out an anti-Naxal operation in the interiors of Konta forests, around 500 km from Raipur, spotted a group of ultras following which an encounter broke out between the two sides.
However, Maoists soon fled taking the cover of dense forest, he said.
Later, during search, the body of a woman Naxal was found and a muzzle loading gun seized from the spot, he said.
The killed ultra was identified as Madkam Hidme, a member of Kistaram area platoon number 8 of Maoists, he said.
The operation was still underway in the region, the SP added.