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Naxal killed, STF jawan injured in Chhattisgarh gunfight

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

A Naxal was killed and a (STF) jawan suffered injuries in a gun-battle in district of on the day of polling for the Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday, police said.

The encounter took place at around 4:20 pm when the ultras attacked a team of security forces out on an in a forest near a helipad in the Orchha area, (Anti-Naxal Operation) Sundarraj P told

The patrolling team, also comprising STF personnel, had launched the operation in the morning in view of polling in the Lok Sabha constituency, of which is a part, he said.

On way back after polling in the area, the patrolling team came under fire from a group of Naxals, leading to the gun-battle, the IPS said.

However, soon the ultras fled the spot, he added.

"STF sustained injuries in the gunfight," he said.

Later, during a search at the encounter spot, the body of a male cadre was recovered, Sundarraj said.

A country-made pistol, a knife and Naxal-related materials, among other things, were recovered from the site, around 300km from state capital Raipur, he said.

The identity of the deceased ultra was yet to be ascertained, the said.

The patrolling team has returned to the station, he added.

"The injured jawan is being treated at a local hospital and his is reported to be out of danger," Sundarraj said.

Earlier, (Anti-Naxal Operations) Girdhari Nayak had said the encounter broke out when a team of security personnel deployed at a helipad in Orchha was attacked by Naxals.

The Naraynpur assembly segment falls in the Lok Sabha constituency where polling was held on Thursday.

Voting in the assembly segment ended at 3 pm after which polling personnel from interior pockets were flown to Naraynpur town in helicopters.

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First Published: Thu, April 11 2019. 19:50 IST