Four Naxals were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces on Saturday, May 9, in Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh. A police official also died in the incident that took place at Pardhauni village under Manpur police station limits.
Among four Naxals, were two women, who were also killed when a team of security forces was out on a counter-insurgency operation, Inspector General of Police (Durg range) Vivekanand Sinha said.
Acting on a tip-off about the presence of ultras in the village, security forces had launched the operation.
"When the patrolling team was cordoning off the area, Naxals suddenly came out of the village and the encounter broke out between the two sides," he said.
"Police Sub Inspector (SI) S K Sharma, who was posted as the Station House Officer at Madanwada police station, lost his life in the gunfight," the IG said.
AK47, SLR rifle, 315 bore rifles recovered
Bodies of the four Naxals were recovered from the spot along with an AK47 rifle, an SLR rifle and two 315 bore rifles, he said.
Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and bodies of the martyred official and the Naxals were evacuated out of the forest, he said, adding that search operation was underway in the area.
(With agency inputs)