Chhattisgarh: Over dozen jawans missing after encounter with Naxals in Sukma, 5 martyred

Over a dozen jawans are missing after deadly encounter with Naxals along the border between Bijapur and Sukma districts in Chhattisgarh on Saturday (April 3).

According to Chhattisgarh DGP, over a dozen policemen from DRG, STF and Cobra are missing and search teams were sent to forest to look for missing personnel. It is feared that casualties could rise.

It is to be noted that five jawans were killed and 30 others injured in the encounter with Naxals on Saturday. 

Sources in Chhattisgarh Police said that bodies of two security personnel who got martyred on Saturday have been recovered so far. Among the injured jawans, 23 have been admitted to a hospital in Bijapur and 7 are undergoing treatment at Raipur hospital..

It is learnt that the body of a woman Maoist was also recovered from the site of the encounter.

“Separate joint teams of security forces, over 2,000 in number, had launched a major anti-Naxal operation from Bijapur and Sukma districts in the South Bastar forests, considered as the Maoist stronghold, on Friday night,” state’s Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) OP Pal said.

Pal added that personnel belonging to the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), its elite unit CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Special Task Force (STF) jointly launched the operation against Naxals from five places – Tarrem, Usoor and Pamed (Bijapur) and Minpa and Narsapuram (Sukma).

“Around noon on Saturday, an encounter broke out between the patrolling team that was dispatched from Tarrem and ultras belonging PLGA (Peoples’ Liberation Guerilla Army) battalion of Maoists near Jonaguda village under Jagargunda police station area (in Sukma),” Pal said.

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