As many as five forces personnel have been killed while 12 others have been injured in exchange of fire between Naxals and forces personnel in Bijapur area of Chattisgarh
News agency quoting Director General of Police, Chattisgarh reported that five forces personnel died and around 10 others injured in an exchange of fire with Naxals in jungles near Tarrem, Bijapur.
Some Maoists are also suspected to have been killed during the encounter, which is still underway, the police have said, according to Indian Express.
Personnel belonging to the CRPF’s elite unit CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Special Task Force (STF) were involved in the operation.
On 23 March, five personnel of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) were killed and several injured in an IED blast — the first major Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh this year — in what police said was a Maoist strike targeting a bus carrying more than 20 security personnel.