Four Maoists were killed in an encounter with troops of 201 CoBRA on Tuesday in Chhattisgarh. Arms including one INSAS rifle and two 303 rifles were also recovered from Sukma's Bimanpur. The operation is underway.
The encounter took place around 6 am in a forest in the Chintalnar police station area, Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI. CRPF’s Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) was cordoning off the forest area near Karkanguda village when a group of Maoists fired on them, leading to a gun-battle, he said.
On March 20, nine people were injured, one of them critically, after Maoists blew up a civilian vehicle using an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district. The incident took place around 7.45 pm near Peddakodepal village when the victims were heading towards neighbouring Dantewada district in an SUV to visit a fair, Bijapur Superintendent of Police Govardhan Ram Thakur told PTI.
"All the nine occupants, including the driver, of the vehicle, were injured in the blast," he said.
After being alerted, a police team rushed to the spot and admitted the injured people to a hospital, Thakur said, adding that the condition of one of them is reportedly serious.
Police suspect that the rebels might have planned to target the security forces, whose movement has been intensified in view of the Lok Sabha elections, but mistakenly attacked the civilian vehicle.
Chhattisgarh will vote in three phases on April 11, April 18 and April 23. Sukma district is a part of the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency which will go to poll in the first phase in the state.