Raipur: Police on Monday claimed to have
gunned down 30 Naxals in a fierce encounter in Chhattisgarh`s
Dantewada district after an ambush by the extremists left
three policemen dead and nine others injured.
Additional Director General (Naxal operations) Ram
Niwas said that a police team of 145 jawans was on a search
operation in the the Chintalnaar area, when the Naxal struck.
"In the ambush by the Naxals, three of our men were
killed and nine were injured," said Niwas.
He said that the police believe "to have killed 30
Naxals" in retaliatory action.
"Firing has stopped. We are now looking for bodies,"
Reinforcements were being sent to the area and the
injured are being air-lifted, police.