Seven STF jawans killed, 11 injured in Maoist attack in Bastar
RAIPUR: Seven personnel of Special Task Force (STF) were killed and eleven others injured in an encounter with outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) rebels at a village near Chhattisgarh’s Bastar region on Saturday. Additonal director general of police (anti-Naxal operations) Rajinder Kuamr Vij said that the encounter took place at Pidmal village between Dornapal and Chintagufa when the rebels tried to attack the security personnel. The forces retaliated leading to a fierce encounter during which seven security personnel died and eleven others injured.
The gun-battle continued for more than an hour with the rebels who were believed to be in large numbers. STF’s commander Shankar Rao is among the dead. The injured personnel have been shifted to nearby hospitals and the critically injured are expected to be airlifted to state capital for further treatment. After lying low for sometime, there are indications that the Maoist rebels can step up violence in Bastar region during summer when they observe their tactical counter offensive campaign (TCOC).
Two Maoists arrested during search operation in Jharkhand
Two Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI Maoist) cadres, identified as Paw Pahan and Jogar Munda, were arrested by Security Force (SF) personnel during a search operation in the Sigma village under Arki Police Station in Khunti District on April 10, reports The Business Standard. One country-made pistol and nine live cartridges were recovered from their possession.