A sub-inspector of police lost his life and four Naxals were killed in an exchange of fire in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh, officials said on Saturday.
The incident took place on Friday night in a village under Manpur police station limits, when a team of security forces was out on a counter-insurgency operation.
Based on the inputs about the presence of Naxals in the region, security forces had launched the operation.
When the forces were cordoning off the area, the Naxals came out of the village, resulting into an encounter.
Police officer S K Sharma lost his life in gunfight, an official said.
Bodies of the four Naxals were recovered from the spot along with 1 AK47 rifle, 1 SLR rifle and two 315 bore rifles, an official added.