Raipur: A jawan of the special task force of state police was killed in an encounter with the Naxals in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Sukma district on Saturday.
The encounter took place at Kondre village under Gadiras police station limits, 400 km from here, Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI.
A contingent of STF and district police was carrying out a combing operation in the jungles of the district last night to trace some villagers who had been reportedly called by Naxals to discuss strategies ahead of panchayat polls, the ASP said.
On the way back to camp, Naxals fired on them using some local women as human shields, the ASP said.
"The security personnel retaliated cautiously. After finding that security personnel were zeroing on them, Naxals escaped into the core forest," the ASP said.
STF head constable Mahendra Singh, who suffered critical bullet injuries, was airlifted to a hospital in Jagdalpur where he succumbed.
Chhattisgarh will have a four-phase panchayat polls later this month and in February.