At least 18 safety personnel are lacking after Saturday’s encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Terram jungles alongside the borders of Bijapur and Sukma districts in Bastar area, officers stated on Sunday.

On Saturday Chhattisgarh police stated 5 safety personnel died and 30 sustained accidents throughout an encounter with the Maoists. The physique of a suspected Maoist was additionally recovered from the encounter spot.

“Some security personnel are missing and a search operation is on. Out of the five personnel, who lost their lives on Saturday, we have recovered the body of two and three are still in the jungle,” stated director basic of police, Chhattisgarh, DM Awasthi.

A senior police official, on the situation of anonymity, stated that 5 personnel of Central Reserve Police Force’s Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) have been among the many 18 safety personnel nonetheless lacking within the jungles.

“The death toll could increase in the next few hours. The teams for evacuation have been sent to the jungles,” stated the official.

On Saturday, Chhattisgarh police stated that separate joint groups of safety forces, over 2,000 in quantity, launched a significant anti-Maoist operation from Bijapur and Sukma districts within the South Bastar forests, thought of a Maoist stronghold.

At round 12 midday, the Maoists laid an ambush, following which an encounter began, which lasted for 3 hours contained in the jungle.

On March 23, 5 jawans of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) have been killed whereas fourteen others have been injured in serial IED blasts when alleged Maoists focused a bus ferrying safety personnel in Narayanpur district of Bastar area.

On March 21 final yr, 17 safety personnel, together with 12 from the DRG, have been killed in a Maoist ambush in Sukma district of the area.

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