At least 22 Maoists were killed and six CRPF jawans injured in three separate encounters in Bastar zone in south Chhattisgarh on early Friday morning. Six rebels also sustained injuries and ten others were taken into custody after the gunfight.
The CRPF personnel were out on search operation at Basaguda in Bijapur district about 450 km south of Raipur when they were reportedly attacked by the guerillas resulting in the fierce gun-battle, the police said.
The first encounter, began at around 12:30 am and ended early this morning. Two teams of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched the operation against the Naxals from two different directions – a 200-strong force moved from Jasaguda and another moved from Chintalnar in the north-west side.
Six CRPF jawans, including two CoBRA commandos, sustained bullet injuries; two of them are critical. They were air-lifted to state capital Raipur for medical aid. The arrested Maoists too were taken to Raipur.
The operation is being considered a huge success for security forces, given the high casualty figure of the Maoists. Significantly, most bodies of the killed Naxals have also been found, which otherwise are taken away by the Left ultras.