30-minute gun battle between Naxals, cops

CHANDRAPUR: Naxalites ambushed the joint forces of Gadchiroli police and CRPF in Kaneli jungle in Dhanora tehsil on Friday morning. The encounter lasted for around half-an-hour, but no casualty has been reported on either side.

Police sources claimed that at around 7.30am a joint combing operation was underway by CRPF and Gadchiroli police in Kaneli jungle under Pendhri sub-police station when the lurking Naxalites started indiscriminately firing at security forces. Security forces retaliated and gun battle lasted for around 30 minutes. Later Naxalites retreated into the jungle following increasing pressure from cops. Anti-Naxal operations have been intensified in the area after the incident.

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