7 Naxals, Including 5 Women Killed In An Encounter In Chhattisgarh's Bijapur

| April 27 , 2018 , 14:15 IST

A total of 7 Naxals, including 5 women were killed on Friday in an encounter with security forces in Chattisgarh's Bijapur. Three jawans were also injured In the same encounter, which took place in a forest near the Ipenta village of Bijapur, around 500 km from the state capital Raipur.

Bijapur Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg, speaking to PTI, detailed that based on a tip-off about the presence of Naxals in the area, a combing operation was launched in the forests along the inter-state border. The combining operation was conducted by a joint squad of Greyhounds, which are an elite anti-Naxal unit of the Telangana Police, and security personnel from Chhattisgarh.

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When the joint squad neared Ipenta, an exchange of fire broke out between the two sides. After the end of the encounter, security forces recovered the bodies of 7 Naxalites from the encounter spot, along with weapons and Naxal literature.

The Bijapur encounter comes a day after 60 Naxal cadres on Thursday surrendered in Narayanpur in Chandigarh. All the surrendering cadres had reportedly been associated with the outlawed Maoists for 8 years and had been tasked with spreading Maoist propaganda, damaging government buildings, attacking police teams and collecting information.  

In early March, another encounter had taken place in the Bijapur district when a team of Greyhounds personnel swooped on a Naxal camp in a joint operation with the Chhattisgarh police, leading to the death of 10 Naxals.