C'garh: Encounter with Naxals leads to recovery of explosives

Raipur, Mar 15 (PTI) A fierce encounter lasting over 45 minutes took place between security forces and Naxals on Sunday afternoon in Kistaram area of Chhattisgarh's Sukma district, a senior police official said.

The firefight started at 2:30pm and a cache of explosives and Maoist material were recovered from the spot, over 390 kilometres from here, Inspector General of Police (Bastar range) Sundarraj P told PTI.

Personnel belonging to District Reserve Guard (DRG), Special Task Force (STF) and CRPF's CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) had launched an operation from Palodi camp and came under Naxal fire in the forests near Kasaram and Amapenta villages, he said.

'The exchange of fire between security forces and Naxals' platoon number 8 lasted for more than 45 minutes. The ultras came under heavy fire and fled, leaving behind camping material, documents, electric wires, detonators and materials used to make explosives,' the IG informed.

Search operations in the region are underway and more details about the encounter would be known when the security team returns to the camp, he added. PTI TKP BNM BNM