Two Naxals, allegedly involved in the killing of a BJP MLA and four security personnel, were gunned down in a fierce encounter with police on Thursday in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, officials said.
The incident comes amidst polling in three Lok Sabha contituencies in Chhattisgarh, namely Kanker, Rajnandgaon and Mahasamund.
The skirmish took place in the morning at a forest in Daulikarka village when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Deputy Inspector General Sundarraj.He also added when the patrolling team was advancing through Daulikarka, located around 450 km from the state capital Raipur, an exchange of fire broke out between the two sides.
“After the guns fell silent, bodies of two ultras and a .315 bore gun were recovered from the spot,” he said.
A militia member of Maoists was also found injured at the spot and was shifted to a local hospital, he said.
According to sources the killed cadres, identified as Vargese and Linga.
Vargese, a member of the Malangir Area Committee of Maoists, was looking after working of the banned outfit’s students’ wing in the area, the DIG said.
Besides, Linga was active as LOS (local organisation squad) member in the Katekalyan Area Committee of Maoists, he said, adding a search operation was still underway in the region.