Head constable killed in Maoist ambush

A head constable of Chhattisgarh police was killed when Maoist insurgents ambushed a search party in Kondagaon area on Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile a Naxal cadre carrying reward on his head was apprehended in Rajnandgaon district, police said. Kondagaon district Police Superintendent D Shravan said a search team comprising district police and Chhattisgarh Armed Forces (CAF) jawans was conducting search operations in Malnar village under Mardapal thana areas on Sunday afternoon when it was attacked by heavily armed insurgents prompting exchange of fire between the two sides. The encounter lasted about half an hour after which rebels fled from the area taking advantage of the thick jungles. In the firing head constable Afzal Khan received bullet injury and was rushed to Jagdalpur for treatment.

Afzal was admitted to Maharani Hospital where he died during treatment. Meanwhile, security forces apprehended a dreaded Maoist ultra under Mohela police in Rajnandgaon district during search operation on Sunday. According to Rajnandgaon Additional Superintendent of police Vijay Agrawal, jawans of Indo Tibetan Border Force and district police were conducting a search operation when they got information about the presence of a dreaded Maoist ultra, Rohit Gond and arrested him from Mohela area. Rohit carried a cash reward of `3,000 on his head and was wanted in a number of cases related to murder and subversive activities.


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