Raipur: After a few weeks of peace, Maoist violence again broke out in Chhattisgarh, one of India`s states worst hit by Left insurgency, with rebels killing three policemen and injuring at least three others in an attack in the restive Bastar region.
The ambush occurred in a forested area in Dantewada district, close to the site where rebels had massacred 76 policemen, including 75 of para-military Central Reserve Police Force, in April last year. Dantewada is some 500 km south of Raipur.
"Our three jawans were killed when Maoists sprayed bullets on them in a remote village near Madpalli. At least three other jawans were injured and we have been trying to airlift them for medical attention," Bastar`s Inspector General of Police T.J. Longkumer said.
He said police also killed a number of Maoists in a lengthy gun-battle that followed the ambush. Among the three policemen killed were two Koya Commandos, a unit of Chhattisgarh Police raised from local youths of Bastar region to fight insurgency.
"Police did not collect so far a single dead body of Maoists and it is probable that rebels have carried away the bodies of their colleagues deep inside the jungle," Longkumer added.