Chhattisgarh: Encounter breaks between security forces and Maoists ahead of assembly polls

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An encounter broke out between security forces and Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker’s Koyali beda after the Maoists triggered series of IED explosions, a day before voting begins for the assembly election.

According to a senior police officer, a BSF team came under attack when they were patrolling the area. A BSF personnel was injured when an improvised explosive device or IED exploded during the encounter.

As per the sources, the injured BSF personnel Mahinder sigh was airlifted to Raipur and the search operation is underway in the area.

Another encounter between security forces and Maoists broke out in Bijapur.

One Maoist was gunned down and one apprehended by security forces.

According to the reports, the body of a Maoist, clad in a uniform has been recovered by the police along with arms and ammunition.

The exchange of fire took place in a forest when a team of the Special Task Force (STF) was out on an anti-Maoist operation, a senior police official said.

The attacks came amid tight security in seven districts of Rajnandgaon district and Bastar division which go to polls in the first phase on Monday.

Elaborate security arrangements have been made for the smooth conduct of the poll process in the state.

Around one lakh security personnel have been deployed across the state to ensure smooth conduct of elections.