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Chhattisgarh encounter HIGHLIGHTS: One more Maoist body found, toll rises to 15; two held

Chhattisgarh encounter LIVE: At least 16 weapons have been recovered from the site.

Naxals have frequently tried to disrupt road construction works in the state by launching attacks on security forces and damaging the roads, and vehicles and machines used in the work, a senior police official had earlier said.
Konta region of Chattisgarh is the southern-most part of the state (Representational)

At least 15 Maoists were killed and two were arrested in an encounter with security forces near Sukma’s Konta and Golapalli police station limits in Chhattisgarh on Monday. Confirming the deaths, Awasthi, Anti-Naxal Operations Special DG DM said the operation took place in a forest area, 500 km from Raipur, on Sunday night and the bodies were recovered today early morning.

Awasthi added that one more operation is underway in the interior area of Sukma. Several firearms were also seized from the spot. Konta region of Chattisgarh is the southern-most part of the state.

A search operation is still underway.

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Toll rises to 15

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Two Maoists arrested in enounter: Anti-Naxal Operations Special DG DM

Awasthi also added that two Maoists have been arrested. One of them is Deva, an area committee member who carries a bounty of Rs five lakh and another is a woman Maoist has been shot in the leg

Security official confirms 14 deaths, says, operation began last night

Addressing the media, Special DG DM Awasthi confirmed that 14 bodies were recovered in the encounter. Chhattisgarh District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF) launched the operation last night

Anti-Naxal Operations Special DG DM to address media soon

The encounter took place early in the morning near Nulkatong village, near Konta. Anti-Naxal Operations Special DG DM Awasthi will brief the press over the operation in Raipur soon 

Several firearms seized from encounter site: Police

According to a report in PTI, the gunbattle between the security forces and the Maoists took place this morning in south Sukma, around 500 km from Raipur. Sundarraj P, Deputy Inspector General (anti-naxal operations) confirmed that 14 bodies have been recovered and several firearms have also been seized.

Chhattisgarh encounter: Sensitive operation, says police

In July, eight suspected Maoists, including four women, were killed in an encounter in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. Two INSAS rifles were among the weapons recovered from teh site. Earlier this year, 18 Maoists were killed in two separate encounters in Bijapur district.

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