Chhattisgarh: Operation Prahaar ends, dozen Naxals killed, 3 jawans dead

Claudine Rigal
Juin 25, 2017

On Sunday, a police jawan injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district succumbed to injuries, taking the death toll of security personnel killed in the operation to three.

When a team of about 1500 personnel were on a combing operation in the morning.

A squad of the STF, the DRG, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and its elite unit-CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) was out on the operation based on inputs about the location of Maoist hideouts in the interiors of Chintagufa, around 500 km away from Raipur, since Friday. Security forces have gunned down more than a dozen Naxals in the state.

The DIG said on getting information about the gunbattle, reinforcement was rushed to the spot and efforts were on to evacuate the injured jawans. "However, body of one Maoist was recovered", the SDGP claimed, adding further details are awaited.

In April this year, 26 CPRF personnel were killed in an ambush carried out by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) during the Naxalite-Maoist insurgency, which ended up being the largest since a similar 2010 attack in a neighbouring district. The Anti-Naxal Task Force (ANTF) of the Indian Air Force had been involved in large-scale troop transportation missions for this operation. In the ensuing exchange of fire, five troopers were injured. "The area was a high threat zone close to the ongoing operations area". The injured were airlifted to Raipur and admitted at a private hospital.

Meanwhile, a Naxal was killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district.

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