2 BSF Jawan Martyred, 4 Injured In Gunbattle With Maoists

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New Delhi: Two Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and four injured in an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district. The fierce exchange which broke out on Friday night between the securitymen and Maoists is still underway.

“The encounter broke out early today between a Border Security Force patrol and armed Naxal cadres near the Chhotebethiya-Pakhanjore jungle axis of the Maoist violence-hit district,” BSF officials said.

“While two jawans have been martyred in the exchange of fire, four others have been injured,” the officials added.

The  gunbattle started after a special anti-naxal operation was launched by a joint squad of BSFs 117th and 122nd battalion along with the district force, from Chhotebethiya camp of BSF, in Pakhanjore region.

Kanker Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Jayant Vaishnav said, “When the security forces reached near a river in the dense forest of Becha village, Naxals opened indiscriminate firing on them, leaving six jawans injured.”

Two out of the four BSF jawans sustained serious head injuries and are believed to be critical. The duo have been shifted to Ramkrishna Care Hospital in Raipur in a chopper. The remaining two succumbed to their injuries while being airlifted.

The deceased jawans have been identified as Vijay Kumar and Rakesh Nehra, while the injured are Manoj Kumar, S Thomson, Jagdish K and Bappa D.