NAGPUR/CHANDRAPUR: Three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans of 192 battalion were injured in an encounter with armed Naxals in Jarawandi jungles under Etapalli tehsil of Gadchiroli on Sunday afternoon. One critically injured CRPF jawan, Subhashchandra, has been shifted to Nagpur for emergency treatment, while the other two are being treated at the Civil Hospital in Gadchiroli, sources said. District sources said a squad of 30-35 CRPF jawans was carrying out routine anti-Naxal patrolling in the jungle near village Ropi in Jarawandi when the gun battle took place at about 1pm. The lurking Naxalites fired indiscriminately at security personnel, which took the forces by surprise. CRPF jawans retaliated but by then three of their jawans had already sustained injuries of different degrees. Subhashchandra, who was in the front, sustained two bullet injuries.
He sustained a bullet injury on the left side of his chest while another hit him in the left thigh. Two of his colleagues were also hurt but their injuries were not serious. The injured Subhashchandra was airlifted to Nagpur from Etapalli. The two other injured jawans were later rushed to Gadchiroli civil hospital. In view of the swift response from the forces, the reds retreated into the jungles after around half-an-hour. Security forces said some Naxals might have been injured in the encounter.