Raipur: Three women Naxals were killed on Saturday in a fierce gun-battle between the security personnel and ultras in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said.
"The face-off took place in restive Potenar forests under Jangla police station limits when a joint squad of district force and CRPF was carrying out a combing operation in the region," Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela told PTI.
When security personnel reached Potenar forests, located around 450 kms away from the state capital, a group of armed rebels opened fire on them, he said.
However, soon ultras fled the spot when jawans launched a retaliatory attack.
After the ensuing gunfight that lasted for around half-an-hour, Naxals escaped to the core forests.
Subsequently, while cordoning off the encounter spot, body of three uniformed women ultras were found, the ASP said, adding that blood stains found at the spot indicate that some more ultras might either have been killed or injured in the gun battle.
Besides, two muzzle loading guns and a 12 bore gun were also recovered from the spot, he said.
Soon after being informed about the encounter, reinforcement was rushed to the spot.
The identity of the killed rebels will be ascertained once the patrolling party will return to its camp, he said.