New Delhi: Eight villagers, including 3 children, and a securityman of elite Cobra battalion were killed in an encounter between security forces and the ultras in Naxal-affected Bijapur district in southern Chhattisagrh. Police say suspected Naxals are among those killed in the gunbattle late on Friday.
“Eight villagers, including suspected Naxals died, apart from one security personnel, in cross-firing between security forces and Maoists late on Friday night in the forest near Edesmeta village (under Gangalur police station),” Additional Director General of Police (Naxal Operation) RK Vij said.
Naxals tried to use some villagers as human shields during the encounter, the ADG said.
Of the dead villagers, some were suspected to be members of Jan Militia group of Maoists, the ADG said, adding their identities were being ascertained.
The killed Cobra force jawan was identified as Devprakash Singh.
The encounter took place when the Cobra (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) battalion 208, a specialised unit of CRPF, was on a combing operation.
On seeing them, the ultras opened fire, killing Devprakash. Security forces retaliated, which forced the Naxals to flee to the denser part of the forest, the ADG said.