Raipur : Around 15 naxals are believed to have been killed in multiple encounters with security forces in the past four days in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district, a top CRPF official said here on Wednesday.

However, bodies of none of the outlaws have been recovered so far. According to police, a Special Task Force (STF) jawan was also killed while two police personnel were injured during these encounters.

“Joint teams of security forces, comprising over 300 personnel were out on anti-naxal operations in the forests of Bijapur (bordering with Sukma district) between May 12 and May 16,” CRPF Special Director General (Central Zone) Kuldiep Singh told PTI on Wednesday.

“At least 15 Maoists were reportedly gunned down in these encounters during the operation. The number of Maoist casualties was based on information provided by locals besides troops involved in the operation,” he said, adding as of now, no body has been recovered.

The SDG also said neither any weapon nor any Maoist- related material was recovered during the operation.

Two police personnel had sustained bullet injuries in the gunfight that took place in the morning whereas an STF jawan was killed in another face-off.

(To view our epaper please click here. For all the latest News, Mumbai, Entertainment, Cricket, Business and Featured News updates, visit Free Press Journal. Also, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and do like our Facebook page for continuous updates on the go)

Free Press Journal