2 Naxals killed, 6 injured in encounter with security forces in Gadchiroli

The search is still on inside a forest of Gadchiroli. (Photo: PTI)

At least two Naxals were killed and six injured in an encounter with the security forces in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. The encounter began on Sunday morning.

The bodies of the Naxals have been recovered. The police force has also recovered automatic rifles from the Naxals.

The operation began following specific intelligence inputs received by the security forces regarding the hideout of Naxal Bhaskar.

Bhaskar is one of the masterminds of May 1 attack on police personnel. Police suspect that Bhaskar is injured in the operation. In April, the police force had neutralised his wife.

The search is still on inside a forest of Gadchiroli.

On Saturday, at least six Naxals were killed in three separate encounters with the police in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region on Friday night and Saturday, officials said.

The encounters took place in Sukma, Bijapur and Dantewada districts. Three rebels were killed in Sukma district on Saturday evening.

The gun-battle took place around 6 pm in a forest near Tadmetla-Mukram nullah under Chintalnar police station area when a team of police’s District Reserve Guard (DRG) was out on patrol, Deputy Inspector General Sundarraj P told PTI.

On getting information that Naxals had dug up a road near Tadmetla, security forces had launched the operation in the area, around 500 km from Raipur, he said.