Security forces kill seven naxals in an encounter in Chhattisgarh

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At least seven naxals were gunned down on Thursday in an encounter with security forces in Chhattisgarh’s, Bijapur district.

According to the State Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police (anti-naxal operations) Sundarraj, the battle 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.

While they were cordoning off jungles of Timinar and Pusnar villages, the exchange of fire broke out between the two sides, he said.

“After guns fell silent, bodies of seven Naxals, including three women, were recovered from the spot,” also two Insas rifles, two .303 rifles, one .12 bore gun and a few muzzle-loading guns were also recovered from the spot, the DIG said.

Further details are yet to come, he added.