Chhattisgarh: Security forces kill 10 suspected Maoists in Dantewada, one policeman injured

10 Maoists killed in encounter with police in Chhattisgarh

In an anti-Naxal operation by Telangana and Chattisgarh state police, ten maoists were reportedly killed in Chattisgarh's Bijapur district on Friday morning.

A police constable of elite anti-Maoist force Greyhounds was killed and three others were also injured. Thirty-four-year-old Greyhounds commando B. Susheel Kumar sustained a bullet wound and died.

He said police recovered 12 bodies and some arms and ammunition after an exchange of gunfire. The officials added that the bodies are being shifted to a nearby hospital for post-mortem and other formalities.

A member of the Revolutionary Writers' Association has claimed that the gun fight was fake, PTI reported.

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The rebels, also known as Naxalites, have ambushed police, destroyed government offices and abducted government officials for decades. The encounter was made a decision to be carried out following a tip-off about a meeting of the Maoists along the Chhattisgarh-Telangana border.

Six women were among the Maoists killed in the operation, which began around 6.30am, the SP said. While the team asked them to surrender, the Maoists opened fire instead.

The Telangana state secretary of CPI Maoists Yapa Narayana alias Haribhushan alias Jagan and his wife Samakka were among those killed in the encounter. The encounter site was close to the Jayashankar Bhupalpally district in Telangana. After the firing stopped, 10 bodies were found in the area.

Based on a petition filed by rights activists, the Hyderabad High Court directed the police to conduct the postmortem of the deceased only in the presence of senior doctors and forensic experts besides videographing the entire postmortem process.

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