Ten Maoists were killed in an encounter in forest areas of Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district bordering Telangana, the police said on Friday.
The encounter took place inTadapalagutta- Pujari Kanker forest areas, about eight kilometres from Charla police station limits of Bhadradri Kothagudem district of Telangana.
The incident took place around 6 am after a joint team of the Telangana and Chhattisgarh police launched an operation in the area.
“The police forces of Telangana and Chhattisgarh while conducting a joint operation in the forest areas ran into a group of Maoists. On seeing the police forces, the Maoists opened fire indiscriminately resulting in the death of one of our (Telangana police’s) Greyhounds constables Sushil Kumar. We returned fire, resulting in the death of 10 Maoists,” Bhadradri Kothagudem superintendent of police Ambar Kishore Jha said.
The police recovered two AK-47 rifles, an SLR and four INSAS rifles from the encounter site.
“The police forces are still there in the forests continuing the combing operation to nab those Maoists who escaped from the spot,” Jha said.
“We are yet to identify the deceased Maoists. The bodies are being brought for post-mortem,” he added.