Chhattisgarh: Two Naxals killed in Encounter

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Two Naxals, carrying cash rewards on their heads were gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district.

According to police, the gunbattle broke out at around 11.30 pm on Friday in a forest near Kutrem village in the Kirandul police station area when a joint team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) and local police was out on an anti-Naxal operation.

Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava said to news agency PTI that after a brief exchange of fire when the security forces personnel tried to zero in on the ultras, they escaped into the dense forest taking advantage of darkness.

The SP said that the bodies of two ultras were found during a search operation at the encounter spot. The ultras were identified as Lachu Mandavi and Podiya, both members of the Malangir area committee of the Maoists, adding that they were carrying cash rewards of Rs. 5lakh each on their heads.

Police also informed that two weapons- a foreign-made 9mm pistol and a 12 bore rifle were also recovered.

Security forces have stepped up combing operation in the interior forests of Dantewada in view of the by-election to be held in the Dantewada Assembly constituency on September 23.

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