CRPF Jawan Killed in Encounter With Alleged Maoists in Chhattisgarh

The jawan was part of a search operation by the CRPF, CoBRA and state police in the Pamed area in Chhattisgarh.

Bijapur: A CRPF jawan was killed in an encounter with alleged Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Thursday, police said. Some Maoists are also suspected to have been killed in the exchange of fire and the security forces are combing the area, they added.

The gun-battle took place at around 4 am when a joint team of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), its elite unit CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) and state police were carrying out a search operation in Pamed area, Deputy Inspector General (anti-Maoist operation) Sundarraj P. told PTI.

“Constable Kamta Prasad, belonging to CRPF’s 151st battalion, received bullet injuries in the skirmish. He later succumbed to his injuries while being shifted to Cherla Hospital in neighbouring Telangana,” the DIG said.

The 30-year-old jawan had joined the CRPF in 2011 and hailed from Kaushambi district of Uttar Pradesh.

The DIG said when the patrolling team was cordoning off a forest near Jerapalli village, a group of alleged Maoists opened fire on the security forces, leading to a gunfight, he said.

However, the alleged Maoists soon escaped from the spot when the security personnel closed in on them, he said. Meanwhile, a search operation was underway in the area, he added.

On Tuesday, two alleged Maoists were killed in an encounter with security forces in the neighbouring Dantewada district.