15 Maoists Killed In Sukma Encounter

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Sukma: In one of the biggest anti-Maoist operations in Chattisgarh history, 15
Maoists were gunned down and two were arrested in an encounter with the security forces near Sukma’s Konta and Golapalli police station limits on Monday, as said by the police.

The state’s Special Director General of Police (SDGP) (anti-Naxal operations) D M Awasthi said, “This was one of the biggest anti-Naxal operations in the history of Chhattisgarh, where 15 bodies of rebels were recovered in a single incident.”

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The encounter between the two parties broke out on Sunday night after two teams of security forces were sent into the forest, following intelligence inputs about the possible presence of the rebels in camps in south Sukma. The teams included personnel of the District Reserve Guard (DRG), Special Task Force (STF), Central Reserve Police Force and its elite unit Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA).

“One of the patrolling teams, comprising around 200 personnel of the STF and the DRG, spotted a Maoist camp this morning at the forest in Nalkatong village, located around 500 km from here, following which it started encircling the place,” Awasthi said.

“A gunbattle took place between Naxals and the patrolling team for about half-an- hour,” he added.

After the encounter ended on Monday morning, the bodies of 15 Maoists along with 16 weapons, including 315 bore and 12 bore guns, were recovered from the spot, the SDGP said.

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