Raipur: A woman Naxal was killed Friday in a gun-battle with security forces inside a forest in Bastar district of Chhattisgarh, a senior police officer said. Three weapons and a huge cache of Maoist camping material were recovered from the encounter site, informed IGP (Bastar range) Sundarraj P. The gunfight took place around 8.00am in the forest of Chandameta-Pyarbhat villages. It happened when joint teams of security forces were out on an anti-Naxal operation, the official added.
The operation was launched based on the inputs about the presence of some members belonging to Maoists’ Darbha division. The group has been instrumental in carrying out several deadly attacks in Bastar, along the borders of Bastar and Surkma districts, around 350 kms away from the state capital here.
Personnel belonging to the District Reserve Guard (DRG) units from Bastar, Dantewada and Sukma and CRPF 80th battalion were involved in the operation, said Sundarraj. The exchange of fire took place between the DRG team of Bastar and the Naxals.
“After the exchange of fire stopped, the body of a woman Naxal clad in ‘uniform’ along with one AK-47 rifle, two pistols and a huge amount of camping materials were recovered from the spot, the official said. He added that the identity of the killed cadre was yet to be ascertained.