Indian BSF two soldiers killed in encounter with Naxals

Indian BSF two soldiers killed in encounter with Naxals

NEW DELHI - Two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans were killed and another was injured in a gunbattle with Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district on Sunday, police said. The ambush took place around 3.45 am when a BSF team was returning from an anti-Maoist operation.

"The gunfight took place in a forest near Mahla camp of BSF under Partapaur police station limits when a team of BSF's 114th battalion was returning after carrying out an anti-Maoist operation," Deputy Inspector General of Police (Anti-Naxal Operations) Sundarraj P told PTI.

The patrolling team came under heavy fire from a group of Naxals when it was advancing through the forest of Barkot village, located around 250 km from the state capital Raipur, leading to the gun-battle between the two sides.

After a brief exchange of fire, the ultras fled into core forest, he said.

Two constables identified as Lokender Singh and Mukdhiyar Singh, belonging to Rajasthan and Punjab respectively, were killed while another constable, Sandeep Dey, sustained injuries in the gunfight, he said.

Reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the bodies of the deceased were brought to the headquarter of BSF's 114 battalion in Pakhanjore, he said.

The injured jawan was being airlifted to Raipur for further treatment, the DIG said.

On July 9, two BSF jawans, belonging to the 121st battalion, were killed when Naxals had triggered an IED blast while they were on a bike patrol in the Chhotebethiya area of Kanker.