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Counter-Insurgency Ops: DRG Kills Four Maoists in an Encounter in Chhattisgarh

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New Delhi: In a major blow to the anti-national activities of the Maoists in Chhattisgarh, the District Reserve Guard (DRG) in an encounter killed four Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres, including a Local Organization Squad (LOS) ‘commander’ in a forest near Gumiyabeda village in Narayanpur District of Chhattisgarh on Sunday night.

Reportedly, Narayanpur Superintendent of Police (SP), Jitendra Shukla informed the media that a fierce gun battle took place in the jungles of insurgency-hit Abujhmaad area under Maad Police Station limits when a team of DRG was out on an anti-Naxal (Left wing Extremism, LWE) operation.

“When the patrolling team of 15-20 Jawans was cordoning off Maad jungles, it came under heavy fire by a group of ultras following which gun-battle broke out between the two sides,” SP Shukla told the media.

A massive search operation was conducted of the spot and the DRG personnel recovered four bodies of Maoists, including a woman cadre, out of which two have been identified till now. While one of the killed Maoists was identified as Somlu, the Nelnar ‘area committee member (ACM)’, and the other, a woman cadre, was identified as Ratti, the ‘commander’ of the Jhara LOS.

The identities of the other two slain Maoists were yet to be ascertained. The DRG also recovered four weapons from there which include one INSAS (Indian Small Arms System) assault rifle, one 303 and two 12-bore guns, Police informed the media. (With Inputs from SATP)