Maoist-police gunfight: Naxals suffer reverses



Maoist-police gunfight: Naxals suffer reverses Raipur: Security forces today launched a major operation at a Naxal hideout in the dense forests of Chhattisgarh's Dantewada district in which Maoists were believed to have suffered some casualties.

After the operation started around noon, there was fierce exchange of fire between the Naxals and the security forces.

The incident took place under Kirandul police station area in the district when a joint team of STF, district police force and Koya Commandos had gone for patrolling.

"We have received information that all the security personnel are safe while some Naxals were killed in the firing," Additional Director General of Police Ramnivas said.

He, however, did not specify the number of Naxals killed in the attack as bodies of the slain ultras were not found. Naxalites are known to carry away bodies of colleagues killed in encounters.

According to Dantewada Police, Naxalites began to retreat after the CRPF men and district force joined the security personnel.

"A team of 75 police personnel had gone into the area in pursuit of a Naxal commander and his associates," Chhattisgarh Police chief Vishwaranjan had earlier told PTI.

On April 6, 75 CRPF personnel and a state policemen were killed in Dantewada after over 100 Naxals ambushed the patrol party and looted weapons.

In another incident on June 29, a large number of heavily-armed Maoists, perched on a hilltop, had opened fire with automatic weapons on a 63-member security contingent which was returning on foot from road opening duty, killing 26 CRPF personnel in Narayanpur district. The dead included a CRPF Assistant Commandant Jatin Gulati.

-PTI