The police retaliated, killing a Maoist while the others fled using forest as cover following an hour-long gun battle.A lower rung Naxal was today killed in an exchange of fire with security forces in a dense forest of Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, police said.
The skirmish took place in the morning when a joint team of security forces was out on a search operation in Konta police station area, Sukma SP Indira Kalyan Elesela said.Acting on specific input about the presence of armed Maoists in the forests near Neelamadgu and Velpochha villages, a composite team of personnel, comprising District Reserve Group (DRG), Special Task Force (STF) and local police, launched a combing operation in the region, located around 500 km from here, he said.
The security personnel were advancing into Neelamadgu village, when they came under heavy fire from a squad of the Maoists. The police retaliated, killing a Maoist while the others fled using forest as cover following an hour-long gun battle, he added.
During search, the body of a Maoist, a muzzle loading gun and several other items were recovered from the spot, Elsela said.
“The killed Maoist has been identified as Madkam Hunga, a member of Konta LOS (local organisation squad),” he said.