Maoists struck again, kills jawan at Kanker


Raipur: In a rapid succession, the Maoist guerrillas struck again at Kanker. The ultras attacked a BSF outpost at Kanker killing one jawan on Monday.

A group of ultras opened indiscriminate firing on security personnel who were carrying out patrolling in the proximity of Chhote Baithiya BSF camp under Bande police station area late last night, Kanker Superintendent of Police Jitendra Singh Meena told.

A gunbattle erupted between security forces and ultras and the rebels soon fled to the core forests, he added.

“A BSF head constable succumbed to bullet injuries, sustained during the gunfight, while being taken to a local hospital,” the SP said.

Soon after the incident, reinforcements were rushed to the spot; he said adding that a combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the assailants.

Seven STF personnel were killed earlier on Saturday, when the Naxals ambushed them at restive Pidmel village under Polampalli in Sukhma district, around 450 kms from state capital Raipur.

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