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Security operation ahead of Lok Sabha polls claims lives of 13 maoists

Written by  Annesha Barua -- April 03rd 2024 01:49 PM
Security operation ahead of Lok Sabha polls claims lives of 13 maoists

Security operation ahead of Lok Sabha polls claims lives of 13 maoists

PTC News Desk: In a significant security operation preceding the Lok Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh, security forces have reported the elimination of at least 13 Maoists in a remote forest area of Bijapur district. The intense gun battle, spanning approximately eight hours, unfolded on Tuesday, leaving the region tense and bearing the marks of a fierce confrontation.

Inspector General of Police, P Sundarraj, disclosed that law enforcement authorities successfully seized a substantial cache of firearms, including rifles, machine guns, and ammunition, amidst the aftermath of the operation. Despite the conclusive outcome, the identities of the deceased Maoists, including three women among them, are yet to be established.

A police official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, indicated that the slain insurgents are believed to be affiliated with the People's Liberation Guerrilla Army (PLGA), a faction within the Maoist movement.

The meticulously planned operation, led by the Bijapur District Reserve Guard in coordination with CRPF, STF, and CoBRA teams, aimed to neutralise the persistent threat posed by Maoist activities in the region. Intelligence reports had suggested the presence of Papa Rao, a notorious Maoist leader, prompting the security forces to initiate the operation.

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Following the intense encounter, a thorough search of the area led to the recovery of a significant arsenal, including a Light Machine Gun (LMG), a .303 bore rifle, a 12 bore rifle, and a considerable quantity of BGL shells and launchers.

Bijapur district falls within the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency, scheduled to vote in the initial phase of the general elections on April 19. The successful operation underscores the ongoing efforts to ensure security and uphold democratic processes amidst the persisting threat of Maoist insurgency in the region.

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(Inputs from agencies)






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