Two Maoists involved in BJP MLA killing gunned down

Two Maoists, allegedly involved in the killing of a BJP MLA and four security personnel, were gunned down in a fierce encounter with police earlier today  in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district.

Another rebel was injured in the skirmish that took place around 5.30 am at a forest in Daulikarka village when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on an anti-Naxal operation.

According to police officials, when the patrolling team was advancing through Daulikarka, located around 450 km from the state capital Raipur, an exchange of fire broke out between the two sides. After the guns fell silent, bodies of two ultras and a .315 bore gun were recovered from the spot.

A militia member of Maoists was also found injured at the spot and was shifted to a local hospital. The killed cadres, identified as Vargese and Linga, were allegedly involved in the ambush in which Mandavi and his four security personnel were killed on April 9.

Earlier this week, three Naxals were killed in an encounter with troops of the 7th CRPF battalion in Jharkhand’s Giridih district. The district is about 185 km from state capital Ranchi.

The CRPF forces were carrying out a special operation in the forest area of Belbha Ghat when the encounter broke out. One CRPF jawan was also martyred in the attack.

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