CRPF jawan killed in Maoists ambush

Kothagudem: A CRPF jawan was killed in an ambush by CPI (Maoist) militants in the forests of Jarpally under Pamedu police station limits in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Thursday.

According to the police, a joint team comprising 151st battalion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and 204 battalion of Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA), specialised in guerilla and jungle warfare, embarked on a search mission in the forest in the early hours.

They came under attack from the Maoists who were said to be hiding in the forests in large numbers for an opportunity to attack the security forces and started firing at them when CRPF and CoBRA personnel were in close range.

The security forces fired at the Maoists in retaliation and the exchange of fire lasted for about half an hour. In the firing by Maoists, a constable, Kamta Prasad, who hails from Varanasi in Uttar Pradersh, suffered bullet injuries.

The injured jawan was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died while undergoing treatment, CRPF Inspector General (IG) GH Raju told the media. After the firing from either side stopped, police searched the spot but could not find traces of any dead or injured Maoists.

In another incident, a villager was injured severely when an improvised explosive device (IED) hidden in an abandoned house located near a farm went off. The incident took place under Darba police station limits at Jagadalpur on Wednesday.

The Maoists started firing at the District Reserve Guard (DRG) forces who reached the spot on learning about the incident, but they are safe. The forces found large number of Maoists banners and posters at the house, sources said.

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