3 killed in meeting between naxals and police in Chhattisgarh | India News
BIJAPUR: Three people were killed in a shootout between Naxales and security forces in a forest along the border of Bijapur Y Soul districts in Chhattisgarh Monday, a police officer said.
It has not yet been determined whether the dead were Naxals or civilians, he said, adding that there were no casualties among security personnel.
The shooting broke out after Naxals opened fire on a newly established police camp in Silger, Sukma, along the inter-district border, Inspector General of Police (Bastar rank) Sundarraj P.
Since the last few days, a group of villagers was organizing a protest in Silger, considered to be a central area of Maoists, against the police camp established last week, he said.
According to the police, the villagers had organized the protest allegedly under pressure from the Naxals.
Amid the protest, armed naxals opened fire on the camp taking cover from villagers around 12:30 p.m. Monday, after which security personnel retaliated, the official said, adding that intermittent shots were still being fired at the place.
“Meanwhile, the bodies of three people were recovered from the meeting place. It has not yet been determined whether the deceased were Naxal or civilians,” the IG said.
He rushed to send reinforcements to the scene and more details were expected, he said.
The meeting place is eight to 10 km from the site of the Naxal attack that took place on April 3 in Sukma District where 22 members of the security personnel died.