The Hitavada State Bureau KANKER/RAIPUR:
Two jawans sustained injuries in a fierce encounter with outlaws in forested Mahla in Kanker district
The security personnel of BSF were nearly 8 kms away from the camp when they came under heavy firing of Naxals
AHEAD of the Lok Sabha polls, atleast four security personnel including an Assistant Sub Inspector of Border Security Force (BSF) were martyred while two other personnel sustained injuries in a fierce gun battle with outlaws in forested Mahla, some 8 kilometers away from Partapur police station limits in restive Kanker district, on Thursday. As per police sources, the martyred BSF troopers have been identified as ASI Boro and Constables Ramkrishnan, Someshwar and Israr Khan. Their bodies were taken to BSF camp in Mahla and later airlifted to Raipur. Confirming the incident, Additional Superintendent of Police Kirtan Rathore said that the injured security personnel have been identified as Assistant Commandant Gogu and Inspector Gopal Rang.
Following an Intelligence input, a squad of 114th battalion ‘A’ company of BSF security personnel was mobilised for routine search operations in sensitive areas, keeping in view the security aspects for upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The team also comprised of four personnel from the district police. While the security personnel were about 8 kms away from the camp, they came under heavy firing of Naxals. Following this, the security personnel took their positions and launched retaliatory attack.
The continuous firing of security personnel forced Naxals to escape into dense forest. After the guns fell silent, the security personnel searched the entire area. However the Naxals had managed to flee the spot but four BSF personnel were martyred in cross firing while two others sustained injuries.
Till last reports came in, the body of the martyred jawans and the injured were airlifted to Raipur and the injured have been admitted to the hospital for treatment. It may be mentioned that few days ago, a meeting of the officials of the security forces was held to review security arrangements prior to the Lok Sabha polls. Despite claims of elaborate security, naxals succeeded in making their presence felt in Mahala forest areas by unleashing the terror. The Naxals have given a call to boycott Lok Sabha polls but the administration has thwarted all their nefarious intensions and the Naxal-hit areas in State have always witnessed high polling.