7 naxals killed in Chhattisgarh encounter

7 naxals killed in Chhattisgarh encounter

Two Insas rifles, two .303 rifles, one 12 bore gun and a few muzzle loading guns were recovered from the spot. PTI file photo for representation

At least seven Naxals, including three women, were gunned down in a fierce encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said on Thursday.

The skirmish took place at around 6 am in the forest near Timinar and Pusnar villages along the border of Bijapur and Dantewada districts when a joint team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF) was out on an anti-Maoist operation, state's Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI.

Acting on a tip-off, security forces had launched the operation from Dantewada district in the forest along the border of the two districts, he said.

While they were cordoning off jungles of Timinar and Pusnar villages, located around 450 km away from the state capital Raipur, in Bijapur, the exchange of fire broke out between the two sides, he said.

"After guns fell silent, bodies of seven naxals, including three women, were recovered from the spot," the DIG said.

Besides, two Insas rifles, two .303 rifles, one 12 bore gun and a few muzzle-loading guns were also recovered from the spot, he said.

Further details are awaited as the search operation was still underway in the area, he added.