Five Naxals killed, training camp destroyed in Chhattisgarh

Two personnel of the District Reserve Guard were injured in gunfight

Encounter in Madhya Pradesh; two Maoists, including a woman killed Representational Image | AFP

Five Maoists were killed by security forces in the interiors of Abujhmad area in Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday morning.

Two jawans of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) that surrounded and attacked the training camp of Maoists, about 20km from Orchha police station, were injured in the gunfight, police said.

Chhattisgarh Director General of Police D.M. Awasthi has confirmed the exchange of fire in which five Naxals were killed. The DGP said the counter-insurgency operation was conducted early morning in the forest near Dhurbeda village.

The operation was conducted after a specific intelligence input that the Maoists had set up a training camp near Dhurbeda, a remote village inside the forest. The Maoists considered the area to be safe for them, police sources said.

Bodies of the five Naxals who were killed and a large cache of arms and ammunition were recovered from the spot, the DGP confirmed. The gunfight lasted for over an hour, and other Maoists present in the camp were forced to retreat to denser forest, he said.

Sources said after receiving intelligence inputs about the presence of a training camp and movement of Maoists in the area, a team of DRG carried out the search overnight and surrounded the camp early on Saturday morning, following which the gunfight ensued.

Further details are awaited.