CRPF officer killed in gunfight with Maoists

The gunfight took place when a team of CRPF's 212th battalion was out on a search-cum-area domination operation.

An officer of the CRPF was killed in a gunfight with the Maoists in a dense forest in the insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said on Saturday.

The gunfight took place last night in the Kistaram police station area when a team of CRPF's 212th battalion was out on a search-cum-area domination operation, Deputy Inspector General of Police (South Bastar Range) Sundarraj P said.

"Assistant Sub Inspector (ASI) Anil Kumar Maurya was killed in the incident," he said.

The deceased was a native of Madhya Pradesh.

Security forces have launched a combing operation in the area, located around 500 km away from the state capital Raipur, he said.

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