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Three days before poll, top Naxalite among 29 killed in Bastar gunfight

3 security men hurt | AK-47, Insas among arms seized | Modi govt Determined to end Naxal menace: Amit Shah

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, April 16

At least 29 Naxalites, including their top leader Shankar Rao, were killed during an encounter with security forces in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh on Tuesday. Three security personnel sustained injuries in the fierce gunfight that took place just three days ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

A large quantity of weapons was seized from the spot. Rao carried a reward of Rs 25 lakh on his head. The fierce encounter took place at 2 pm in Hapatola forest between Binagunda and Koronar villages under Chhotebethiya police station limits when a joint team of the BSF and state police’s District Reserve Guard was patrolling the area, police officials said.

An injured security man being treated in Kanker district. PTI

Rao carried Rs 25L reward on head

  • Naxal leader Shankar Rao, killed in the gunfight, carried a reward of Rs 25 lakh on his head
  • Encounter took place in Hapatola forest between Binagunda & Koronar villages of Kanker
  • Bodies of 29 Maoists — most fatalities suffered by Naxalites in a single encounter in state — huge cache of arms recovered

79 killed in region since January

  • 79 Naxals killed in separate encounters in Bastar region, comprising seven districts, including Kanker, so far this year

“After the encounter, the area was searched and a huge cache of weapons, including AK-47, SLR, Insas and .303 rifles, was recovered,” the state police said. This was one of the biggest anti-Naxal operations in the area, said Bastar IGP Sundarraj. Polling in the Naxalite-hit Bastar LS seat will take place in the first phase on April 19, while Kanker, also in the region, will vote in the second phase on April 26.

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