At least three police personnel in Chhattisgarh were injured in an encounter with the Naxals in Sukma on Thursday.

The encounter took place in the morning.

Chhattisgarh's Sukma district is a stronghold of Naxal insurgents of the Communist Party of India (Maoist). The district is a part of the huge red corridor, the belt in east, central and south India that are affected by Maoist insurgency.

Sukma has for long been the centre of Maoists' violent activities as they keep targeting security forces, politicians and even locals.

In April, seven personnel of Chhattisgarh's Special Task Force were killed in a Maoist ambush.

One of the major Naxal attacks in Sukma took place in May 2013, when a group of Naxals attacked a convoy of Congress leaders. At least 27 people, including former state minister Mahendra Karma, Chhattisgarh Congress chief Nand Kumar Patel, senior Congress leader Vidya Charan Shukla, were killed in firing and blasts on the Jagdalpur-Sukma Highway. Encounter between police and naxalites in Sukma in the morning; three jawans were injured and rushed to the hospital.