Raipur: Two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans were killed while four others injured in an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district today.
The encounter occurred early today between a Border Security Force patrol and armed Maoist cadres near the Chhotebethiya-Pakhanjore jungle axis of the Maoist violence-hit district, officials said.
Skirmish took place around 2:30 am when a composite squad of BSF and district force was on a special operation in the interior forests of Bande police station area of the district, Kanker Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Jayant Vaishnav said.
A joint squad of BSF’s 117th and 122nd battalion along with district force had launched the anti-Maoist operation, Mr Vaishnav said, adding that when the security forces reached near a river in the dense forest of Becha village, maoists opened indiscriminate firing on them, leaving six jawans injured.
Two jawans succumbed to their injuries while being airlifted to Raipur. The injured have been shifted to a hospital in Raipur.
The deceased jawans have been identified as Vijay Kumar and Rakesh Nehra, while the injured are Manoj Kumar, S Thomson, Jagdish K and Bappa D.
Both the personnel who were killed were inducted into the force in 2011-12.
According to police, Maoists attacked security personnel as a part of a one-day Bastar-bandh call today.
The bandh call was given by the Maoists in protest against the alleged fake encounter and surrender of tribals in the region, according to posters pasted on the walls in different places.