Encounter With Maoists Leave 2 BSF Personnel Dead


Kanker: Two BSF personnel, including an assistant commandant, were killed after an IED explosion following which an exchange of fire broke out between security personnel and Maoists in Raoghat area of Kanker district on Wednesday.

Senior police officials said assistant commandant Gajendra Singh and constable Amresh Kumar were leading one column of army-men that came under attack, and suffered splinter injuries after a series of IED explosions.

KL Dhruv, Superintendent of Police, Kanker district, told the Indian Express that a team of BSF and the Chhattisgarh Police had launched an operation on March 6. “This was a team of the 134 battalion, and close to 250 to 300 personnel, including the Chhattisgarh Police, were involved in the operation. Around 4 pm, near the village Maspur, in the Raoghat police station limits, there were IED blasts and then an exchange of fire that lasted well over an hour,” he said.

Senior BSF officials said eight separate teams had launched an operation for three days to flush out Maoists in the general area of the Matla reserve forest, on the border between Kanker and Kondagaon districts.