CRPF exchanges fire with naxalites in Sukma
A gun-battle took place between CoBRA forces and Naxalites in a dense forest of Chhattisgarh’s worst insurgency-hit Sukma district today, police said. A squad of 208 battalion of Compact Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), an elite unit of CRPF, was patrolling in Bhejji police station area, when naxalites hiding in the forest opened indiscriminate fire on them near Regargatta village, Sukma Superintendent of Police D Shrawan told PTI. The exchange of fire continued for around half an hour, when, on growing police pressure, the guerrillas fled into the core forests, he said. No harm was reported to either end in the skirmish, he said.
Maoist hotbed Bastar to get 75 fortified police stns
RAIPUR: To strengthen the security apparatus in left-wing extremism-affected tribal areas, Chhattisgarh is set to complete process of setting up 75 ‘fortified’ police stations in tribal Bastar region by December this year. State police housing corporation managing director DM Awasthy said works on 25 fortified police stations have been completed while 15 police stations are nearing completion. He was speaking at a high-level meeting, chaired by home minister Ramswak Paikra. On May 31, Union home minister Rajnath Singh had visited Naxalite-affected Sukma district to inaugurate the first fortified police station (FPS) at Maoist-hotbed Dornapal, 400km from the state Capital.