Ranchi : Three Naxals were killed and one CRPF jawan was martyred in an early morning encounter in Jharkhand’s Belbha Ghat. The gun battle broke out after the security forces carried out a special operation in the forest area. One AK-47 rifle, three magazines, and four pipe bombs have been recovered from the encounter site.
The Belba Ghar area is approximately 185 kilometers from state capital Ranchi. Reports suggest the encounter broke out around 6:00 am when the 7th battalion was undertaking a special operation in the area.
The security forces are now looking for more recoveries and a search is being conducted in the encounter area.
This has come days after a BJP MLA convoy was attacked by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada. BJP MLA Bheema Mandavi along with the driver of his vehicle and three policemen was killed in an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) blast, triggered by the Naxals.
The MLA was travelling from Kuakonta to Shyamgiri in Dantewada for campaigning for the upcoming general elections.
Again last week, a Naxal was gunned down in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency but one CRPF personnel had also lost his life in the encounter.
According to a government report, more than 90 civilians, 47 security forces personnel were killed in Chhattisgarh in 2018. In 2017 and 2016, the toll was 263 and 278 respectively.
Source : Times Now