A Naxal was gunned down in an encounter with Special Task Force (STF) in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district on Sunday morning. The exchange of fire took place at a forest in Bedre area when a team of the STF was out on the anti-Naxal operation, a senior police official told PTI.
As per the ground report, a body of a Naxal clad in ‘uniform’ and a rifle was recovered from the spot, located around 450 km from here, he said.
According to news agency ANI, another Maoist has been apprehended. The arms and ammunition have been recovered.
Further explanation awaited as the search operation was still underway, he added.
The newest encounter comes just a day ahead of the first phase of assembly elections in the state.
Security has been heightened in seven districts of Bastar division and Rajnandgaon district which go to polls in the first phase on Monday.
Around one lakh security personnel has been deployed to ensure smooth conduct of elections.
Naxalites have asked voters to boycott the polls.
The 90-member Chhattisgarh Assembly will go to polls in two phases — on November 12 and 20 — and the results will be announced on December 11.
The first phase of polls will cover 18 constituencies of eight Naxal-affected districts that include Bastar, Kanker, Sukma, Bijapur, Dantewada, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, and Rajnandgaon.