3 Jawans Killed, 14 Injured in Gunfight with Maoists in Chhattisgarh

Sukma: A gunfight erupted between security forces and Maoists near the Bijapur-Sukma border in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, leaving at least 3 security personnel dead and 14 others injured. The incident occurred while establishing a security camp in Tekulagudem village, aimed at bolstering security and facilitating development in the Maoist-affected area.

The injured personnel are being transported to Raipur, approximately 400 km from Sukma, for treatment.

The security camp aimed to provide basic facilities to the local residents and monitor Maoist activities in the region. While patrolling the area, the District Reserve Guard, CoBRA battalion, and Special Task Force were fired upon by Maoists. In response, the security forces retaliated, prompting the Maoists to flee and seek refuge in the forest.

Chhattisgarh has been severely affected by Maoist insurgency, with the rebels creating bases in forested and hilly regions, often referring to these areas as “liberated from the government’s rule.” The Bastar region, including districts like Dantewada, Sukma, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, and Kanker, remains a stronghold for Maoists, posing challenges to security forces and administration.

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