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Maoist encounter in Dantewada was a prelude to more violence

June 29, 2012 - New Delhi

The overnight encounter in Dantewada in Chattisgarh prevented a planned attack by Maoists who were mobilising forces in the area.

The Home Ministry has asked for a detailed report from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Chhattisgarh government regarding the Maoist encounter that took place late on Thursday night.

"Detailed report has been sought from the CRPF and state government (Chhattisgarh)," the statement said.

At least 20 naxalites, including a woman, were killed in a fierce overnight encounter in the dense jungles of Dantewada in Chhattisgarh that left six jawans wounded.

In response to the attack, over 300 CRPF and state police personnel launched the encounter from three directions. The gunbattle took place in the forests of Silger in Bijapur district of Bastar region late Thursday night.

Seventeen bodies of the ultras have been recovered from the spot, Chhattisgarh ADG (Naxal Operations) Ram Nivas said, adding the combing operations were underway and the toll may rise.

There were reports of three more naxals being killed.

Two Maoists, who were injured in the encounter, were apprehended and have been airlifted for medical treatment to state capital Raipur, a senior CRPF official said.

Six CRPF men, including two CoBRA commandos, sustained bullet injuries and have been airlifted for medical aid to Raipur. Two of them are critical, he said.


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