Raipur , August 6
As many as 15 cadres of outlawed organisation were gunned down by security personnel in worst insurgency-hit Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said today.
The encounter took place in forest close to village Nalkatong falling in limits of Konta police station, added police.
“Based on precise intelligence inputs, a joint team of Special Task Force (STF) and District Reserve Group (DRG) undertaking anti-naxal exercise killed 15 cadres of banned organisation and recovered around 16 firearms from the spot of encounter,” said Special DG DM Awasthi.
Interacting with media in Raipur today, Awasthi said that two naxals including a female cadre injured in the exchange of fire, were arrested by security personnel from the spot of encounter. The firearms recovered were country-made.
“The male cadre has been identified as Dewa who was member of area committee is possibly carrying cash reward of Rs 5 lakh on his head,” added Awasthi, elaborating that a commander rank naxal identified as Banjam Hunga was also gunned down in the encounter.
This was the first time when security forces have carried operation in the area which is close to Telangana, Awasthi said.