Published: Sun, June 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

3 jawans dead, more than 12 Naxals killed as Operation Prahar ends

3 jawans dead, more than 12 Naxals killed as Operation Prahar ends

RAIPUR At least five Special Task Force (STF) troopers were injured in a gunfight with Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district on Saturday, police said.

Four separate encounters between Naxalites and police have been reported in the state since yesterday, in which three security men have been killed and seven injured, including a sub-inspector. In Sukma district, we had deputed around 1,500 security personnel.

He said almost 1500 security personnel drawn from Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), District Reserve Group (DRG), Special Task Force (STF) and District Force were part of the team that stormed into the Maoist stronghold at around nine AM, leading to an encounter.

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"As per the preliminary information, five STF jawans have sustained injuries in the encounter", he said. During the operation, three DRG jawans have also lost their lives whereas five others have been injured.

In April this year, 26 CPRF personnel were killed in an ambush carried out by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) during the Naxalite-Maoist insurgency, which ended up being the largest since a similar 2010 attack in a neighbouring district.

Meanwhile, a Naxal was killed in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district. Displaying great courage, one IAF helicopter landed in the heart of the encounter zone, at a small clearing in the heavily forested remote area. However, the body of only one Maoist was recovered along with a SLR weapon from Durma.

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