UPDATED: April 3, 2021 10:03 IST
Five jawans were killed and 20 injured in a fierce encounter between security forces and Naxals in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday. The forces also gunned down three Naxals, including a woman operative, and recovered an Insas rifle. Two of the deceased jawans were from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) while three were from the District Reserve Guard (DRG).
Sources say Naxals fired upon a joint party of the CRPF and the DRG, following which the encounter started in the Silger forest of Bijapur’s Tarem. The joint part comprised of nearly 400 personnel of the STF, DRG, CRPF and COBRA that were out for an anti-Naxal operation.
“The personnel belonging to the CRPF’s elite unit CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action), the District Reserve Guard (DRG) and the Special Task Force (STF) were involved in the operation,” Chhattisgarh Director General of Police DM Awasthi told PTI.
Nine ambulances have been rushed to the encounter site in Tarrem, Bijapur and two MI-17 helicopters have already reached the spot to provide help.
On March 23, five DRG personnel were killed when Naxals blew up a bus carrying security personnel with an IED in Narayanpur district.
Earlier this week, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) arrested three Naxals for planting explosives to target security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.
Last month, Naxals killed a Zila Panchayat member in Bijapur district. Barely hours before the incident, Naxals set nearly 11 vehicles on fire in Dhanora area of Kondagaon district.