8 Naxals killed in encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur

Security forces on Thursday killed eight Naxalites, including four women, in an encounter in Chhattisgarh, a senior police official said.

Security forces have recovered bodies of eight rebels from the spot along with recovery of two INSAS rifle, two .303 rifle, one 12 bore rifle and few other muzzle loading weapons.

Among the eight dead bodies recovered, four are women cadres, DIG said.

The skirmish took place at around 6 am in the forest near Timinar and Pusnar villages along the border of Bijapur and Dantewada districts when a joint team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF) was out on an anti-Maoist operation, state’s Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (anti-naxal operations) Sundarraj P said.

Acting on a tip-off, security forces had launched the operation from Dantewada district in the forest along the border of the two districts, he said.

“After guns fell silent, bodies of eight naxals, including three women, were recovered from the spot,” the DIG said.

he said.Later, one more body of a woman Naxal was found, he said.Two Insas rifles, two .303 rifles, a .12 bore gun and a few muzzle-loading guns were also recovered, the DIG said.