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Four Naxals have been killed in an encounter with security forces on Tuesday in the insurgency-hit Sukma district in Chhattisgarh.
Chhattisgarh: Security forces recover bodies of four Naxals, one INSAS rifle and two 303 rifle, during an encounter with naxals in Bimapuram, Sukma; Operation underway— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2019
Arms including one INSAS rifle and two 303 rifles were also recovered from Sukma's Bimanpur. The encounter took place around 6 am in a forest in the Chintalnar police station area, Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI.
Shalabh Sinha ASP Sukma on Sukma encounter: An encounter broke out between security forces and naxals at 6 am today. Bodies of 2 men & 2 women naxals were found during search at the encounter site. One INSAS rifle & two 303 rifles recovered. Search operation still underway. pic.twitter.com/jc5nt8J2wn— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2019
The specialized unit of the CRPF proficient in guerrilla tactics and jungle warfare continues with the deep combing of the forested area, he added.
Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Shalabh Sinha said the encounter began at 6 am. “Bodies of two men and two women Naxals were found during a search at the encounter site,” he told ANI.
Anti-Naxal operations have been intensified in the forests of Bastar division in view of the Lok Sabha elections.
Chhattisgarh will vote in three phases on April 11, April 18 and April 23. Sukma district is a part of the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency which will go to poll in the first phase in the state.