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Naxal area militia commander killed in gun battle with security forces in Sukma

Raipur: A Naxal was killed in a gun-battle with security forces in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Sukma district on Thursday, police said.

The exchange of fire took place early on Thursday morning in the forests between Pidmel and Palamdgu villages under Polampalli police station limits, Sukma Superintendent of Police, Abhishek Meena said.

 Naxal area militia commander killed in gun battle with security forces in Sukma

File photo. Representational image. PTI

A joint team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF) was out on a counter-insurgency operation in the interiors of Polampalli, nearly 450-km from Raipur, he said.

The forces came under heavy firing from a group of Naxals, while they were cordoning off jungles connecting Pidmel and Palamdgu, leading to a prolonged gunfight, he said.

After the guns fell silent, the security forces searched the area and recovered the body of a Naxal along with three country-made firearms, explosives and other Maoist-related materials from the spot, the SP said.

The deceased was identified as Podiyam Bheema, an area militia commander of the Maoists, who was handling operations of the outlawed outfit in at least 10 villages of the region. Several cases related to Maoist incidents, including attacks on police, were also registered against him, he said.

On 17 September, two Naxals were killed in an encounter with security forces in Sukma's Golapallli police station area.

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Updated Date: Sep 21, 2017 11:56:22 IST

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