One CRPF jawan was killed in a Maoist attack early hours of today in Chhattisgarh’s Dhamtari district. Another CRPF jawan has suffered a bullet injury on his left leg in the attack.
The skirmish took place in the forest of Chameda village when a joint team of CRPF’s 211 battalion and District Force (DF) was out on an anti-Maoist operation.
The patrolling team, comprising around 50 personnel of CRPF and 10 of District Force, had begun an operation on April 3 in the interiors of Khallari and Borai police station areas.
In the morning, when security forces were advancing through Chameda, around 150 km away from Raipur, a group of Maoists opened fire on them leading to a gunfight. The deceased CRPF jawan died in the process of being evacuated from the encounter site.
According to police sources, the Maoists fled when the security forces returned fire. Reinforcements have been sent to the encounter site and efforts are on to retrieve the deceased CRPF jawan’s body and evacuate the injured personnel.
This encounter follows closely on the heels of the one on Thursday where four BSF jawans were martyred in Kanker. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and state Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu paid tribute to the four BSF personnel who lost their lives in the encounter.