CRPF jawan killed, another injured in gun battle with Naxals

Raipur: A CRPF jawan was killed and another injured in a gun battle with Naxals in Chhattisgarh's worst insurgency-hit Sukma district, police said today.

The skirmish took place yesterday in forests under Maraguda police station limits while the paramilitary forces were out on an anti-Naxal operation in the region, Sukam Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh told PTI.

A squad of Central Reserve Paramilitary Force's 217th battalion had launched the operation late last evening acting on an information about digging of a road by ultras near its Maraiguda camp, located around 450 kms away from the state capital, Singh said.

During patrolling, a group of armed cadres opened indiscriminate firing on security personnel leaving one of them dead and another injured, he said.

However, Naxals fled to the core forests when jawans retaliated, he added.

"The killed jawan was identified as Ashok Kumar Jat of constable rank," the ASP said.

Soon after getting the news, additional forces were rushed to the spot. Both the deceased and injured jawan were retrieved out from the forest through helicopter, he said.

A manhunt has been launched in the region to nab the attackers, he added.

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