ITBP jawan killed in Maoist strike in Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: One jawan of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) was killed in an exchange of fire between the Maoists and security forces on Chhattisgarh-Maharashtra border around noon on Friday, 150 kilometres from the state capital Raipur.

“A joint party of the district police, Chhattisgarh armed force and ITBP left on an operation last night. They were in Khumera forest when Maoists opened fire at them around noon. They took position and retaliated, but one ITBP jawan was hit by a bullet, ” said R K Vij, Inspector General of police, Durg. The dead jawan was identified as Bhoop Singh of ITBP’s 36 battalion.

The exact strength of the party could not be disclosed, said Vij. Police sources indicated this was a large party that had set out a special operation. The policemen outnumbered the ITBP jawans. While the ITBP contingent had come from the outpost at Churiya, the district police force was drawn from the Ambagarh chowki police station, located on the border of Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district with Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district.

“Ambagarh chowki is the last police station in Chhattisgarh before Maharashtra begins,” said Vij. The operation had not ceased yet and was likely to continue for longer, he added.

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