Maoists kill two CISF men at Chhattisgarh mining site

November 16th, 2011 - 11:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Nov 16 (IANS) Two Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) troopers were killed Wednesday in a gunbattle with Maoists near a mine in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada district, an official said.

The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) militants fought a gun battle with CISF at a key iron ore mining site in Bailadila hills.

“Armed rebels attacked a two-member squad of the CISF near Deposit-5 at Bacheli mining complex. The gun battle went on for about twenty minutes and resulted in the killing of a head constable and a constable,” Ankit Garg, superintendent of police Dantewada district, told IANS.

Garg said that Maoists took away one self-loading rifle (SLR) and an Insas rifle of the killed CISF men.

The attack site is located some 420 km south of state capital Raipur. The Bailadila hills is where the country’s largest iron ore mining company in public sector, NMDC Ltd, has several mines.

Additional forces were rushed to the attack site which is located at a hilltop called Akash Nagar area. The bodies of the CISF men were brought to NMDC hospital at Bacheli town.

NMDC mining facilities faced several attacks by leftist rebels in recent years in Dantewada district. Maoists had in February 2006 stormed the NMDC complex in Bailadila hills area, killing eight CISF men and looting some 20 tonnes of explosives kept to blast rocks for iron ore mining.

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