Naxals Torch 6 Vehicles In Chhattisgarh, 3 Abducted

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Raipur: Naxals set ablaze as many as six vehicles engaged in road construction work in Chhattisgarh’s Balrampur town. One sub-engineer and two construction workers have also been abducted.

Inspector General of Police and other senior officials have reached the spot to investigate the matter.Earlier, Eight maoists were killed in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Friday in an encounter carried out by the state police and their Telangana counterparts, an official said.

This comes two days after the Gadchiroli encounter in Maharashtra in which 37 maoists were killed and no police casualty was reported.

The anti-maoist operation took place along the Chhattisgarh-Telangana border in a forest near Ipenta village of Bijapur. The official said that Greyhounds, an anti-maoist unit of Telangana police, and Chhattisgarh police had launched a combing operation in the forests acting on a tip-off about the presence of Maoists there.

An exchange of fire broke out between the maoists and Chhattisgarh police during a patrol in Ipenta, located around 500 km from Raipur. Once the guns fell silent, the security forces recovered the bodies of eight maoists, including women, from the encounter site.

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