At least 10 Maoists were killed in an encounter with security forces in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, the police said on Thursday. The encounter took place around 11 am in a forest in the Bhairamgarh police station area when a joint team of the Special Task Force (STF) and the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Bijapur Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohit Garg told PTI. "So far, the bodies of 10 Maoists along with 11 weapons have been recovered from the spot," he said.
The identity of the Maosists are yet to be ascertained and the search operation is still underway.
Earlier in November 2018, maoist was killed in an encounter in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, the police said. The security personnel recovered a huge cache of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from the encounter spot, they added. The encounter took place around 9 am near the Tarrem village, which is located nearly 450 km from Raipur, Bijapur Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg had said.
Acting on a tip-off that a group of 25 to 30 Maoists was trying to damage the Basaguda-Tarrem road by triggering a landmine blast, a joint team of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and local police rushed to the spot, he said. As the security personnel was cordoning off a forest patch near Tarrem, the Maoists fired at them, leading to the gun-battle between the two sides, he said. A Maoist, whose is yet to be identified, was killed and a muzzle loading gun were recovered from the spot, Garg had said.