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Top Maoist leader among 29 killed in massive Chhattisgarh encounter
Chhattisgarh
In images Maoists Shankar Rao & Chhattisgarh encounter/ courtesy: Videograbs from X

Top Maoist leader among 29 killed in massive Chhattisgarh encounter

| @indiablooms | 16 Apr 2024, 08:49 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: Twenty-nine Maoists, including a senior rebel leader, Shankar Rao, who had a bounty of Rs. 25 lakh on his head, were killed during an encounter by security forces in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district on Tuesday afternoon.

A huge quantity of weapons, including AK-47 and INSAS rifles, were recovered.

Three security personnel received in the gunfight, which took place in forests near the village of Binagunda after a joint team of District Reserve Guard and Border Security Force were attacked.

Two of the three injured are from the BSF. Their condition is stable but the third personnel from the DRG is in critical care.

All three received treatment at a local hospital and would be shifted to a larger facility.

According to reports, the fighting began at around 2 PM, when a joint DRG-BSF team was conducting an anti-Maoist operation.

The DRG was set up in 2008 to combat Maoist activities in the state, and the Border Security Force has been deployed extensively in the area for counter-insurgency ops.

There was another encounter in the district last month, in which two people - a Maoist and a cop - were killed, and security forces recovered a gun, some explosives, and other incriminating materials.

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