New Delhi: Chhattisgarh Police have identified seven of those killed in the Bijapur encounter as Naxals, against whom a number of criminal cases had been lodged in the state.
Police identified Madkam Suresh, Madkam Nagesh, Madvi Ayatu, Kaka Nagesh, Korsa Bijje, Madkam Dilip and Irpa Narayan as Naxalites, who were killed on the intervening night of 28 June when joint security forces retaliated after they said they were fired upon.
According to information made available by Bijapur police to the CRPF, various cases of violence, attack on police teams, killing and attempting to kill police personnel among others were lodged against these seven Naxalites in various police stations in the state between 2006 and 2011.
"The matter whether those other killed are jan-militia or supporters of Naxals is under investigation," the CRPF said in a statement in New Delhi.
At least 20 Naxalites including a woman were killed in the dense jungles of Dantewada in Chhattisgarh that also left six CRPF jawans wounded.
The CRPF had recovered 18 bodies while one person, suspected to be a Naxalite, died after he was shifted to a hospital in state capital Raipur as he had sustained bullet injuries.
The gunfight, which took place in the forests of Silger, an uncharted Maoist zone between the Naxal hotbed of Jagargunda and Basaguda in Bijapur district of Bastar region, was launched as part of a joint operation by over 300 CRPF and state police personnel from three directions.