Woman naxal cadre gunned down in Chhattisgarh

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Raipur: Security firces gunned down a woman naxal commander in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist hot bed Bijapur district on Tuesday, said police. The cadre was killed in an exchange of fire between a joint team of security personnel and ultras in the restive Mirtoor police station limits in the wee hours, a senior police official told PTI.

Several joint teams of Special Task Force (STF), CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force), CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) battalion, and district force were mobilised from separate places yesterday on a special anti-naxal operation in forests of Mirtoor, Jangla and Gangaloor police station limits, around 450 kms away from here, he said.

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While cordoning off Mirtoor region, security forces spotted a naxal camp near Bechapal village following which they started encircling the spot. Meanwhile, some armed insurgents smelled presence of security forces and opened indiscriminate firing at them, triggering a gun-fight between both sides, the official said.

However, on seeing security forces zeroing on them, ultras fled to the dense forest. Later, during search of the spot, body of a woman naxal in uniform was found. One wireless set, two hand grenades, one 315 bore rifle and other materials were also seized from the spot, he said.

The deceased naxal will be identified once the security forces will reach back to their camp along with the body, the official added.

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