At least six Maoists were killed while two security personnel were injured in an encounter between security forces and Maoists in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday. Arms and ammunition have also been recovered. The encounter is still underway in the Burdum area of the district.
The body of a Maoist and an AK-47 rifle were also recovered from the site of the encounter. According to officials, the encounter broke out in the Burgam village on Saturday morning when a joint squad of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the District Reserve Group (DRG) of the Chhattisgarh Police was out for operations.
"The encounter is still on. A Naxal has been killed and an AK series assault rifle has been recovered," a senior officer told the Press Trust of India (PTI). Officials also said that reinforcements teams have already been rushed to the site of the encounter.
Officials added that reports are coming in delayed because the encounter is going on in the dense forests located in the interiors of the Dantewada district in south Bastar. The CRPF's 111 battalion is leading the operation.
The encounter comes a day after a couple of Maoists were shot dead by the police in an encounter with security forces in the Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on Thursday.