Sub-Inspector, 4 Naxals killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh; 1 AK-47 rifle, 1 SLR weapon seized

One Chhattisgarh Police Sub Inspector (SI) lost his life and 4 banned CPI-M Maoists were killed in an encounter near Pardhoni village under Manpur police station limits on Saturday.

Sub-Inspector, 4 Naxals killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh; 1 AK-47 rifle, 1 SLR weapon seized

PARDHONI: One Chhattisgarh Police Sub Inspector (SI) lost his life and 4 banned CPI-M Maoists were killed in an encounter near Pardhoni village under Manpur police station limits on Saturday. The bodies of the 4 slain Naxals have been recovered from the encounter site. During the encounter, a police sub-inspector was seriously injured and later succumbed to injuries.

The encounter took place on Friday night at Pardhauni village under Manpur police station limits, when a team of security forces was out on a counter-insurgency operation, Inspector General of Police (Durg Range) Vivekanand Sinha said.

Acting on a tip-off about the presence of Naxals in the village, security forces had launched the operation. "When the patrolling team was cordoning off the area, Naxals suddenly came out of the village and the encounter broke out between the two sides," he said.

"Police Sub Inspector SK Sharma, who was posted as the Station House Officer at Madanwada police station, lost his life in the gunfight," the IG said. The police party has also recovered 1 AK-47 rifle, 1 SLR weapon and two .315 bore rifles from the slain Naxals, GN Baghel, ASP Rajnandgaon said.

Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and bodies of the martyred official and the Naxals were evacuated out of the forest, he said, adding that search operation was underway in the area.