Two CoBRA jawans injured in gun-battle with Naxals

Two CoBRA jawans were on Thursday injured in a fierce gun-battle between security forces and Naxals in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said.

Raipur: Two CoBRA jawans were on Thursday injured in a fierce gun-battle between security forces and Naxals in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said.

The skirmish occurred in the restive Tetri forests under Bhejji police station limits when a squad of CRPF's elite battalion-CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) was carrying out an anti-Naxal operation in the region, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police, Santosh Singh, said.

A team of CoBRA's 208 battalion was mobilised from its Errabor camp this morning for the operation.

While cordoning off a forest axis near Tetri village, a group of armed cadres opened indiscriminate firing on security personnel after which they retaliated, he said.

Post the ensuing gunfight that lasted for around half-an-hour, ultras fled to the deep forests on finding security personnel zeroing on them, he said.

However, two jawans sustained minor bullet injuries in the incident, the officer added.

Soon after receiving information, reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured jawans were brought to Errabor camp from where they were airlifted to Jagdalpur for treatment, the ASP added.