Three Maoist guerrillas killed in Chhattisgarh

June 7th, 2008 - 8:29 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, June 7 (IANS) Three Maoist guerrillas, including a woman, were killed Saturday afternoon during a gunfight with the police in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, the police said. The incident took place in near the forests of Bhairamgarh, some 480 km south of state capital Raipur.

“A team of District Force backed by Special Police Officers fought a gun battle with armed rebels and the 45-minute fight ended with three ultras, including a female commander, being killed,” Girdhari Nayak, inspector general of the state’s Maoist operations, told IANS.

Nayak said that two Maoist guerrillas surrendered before the police with 12 bore guns and a claymore mine in the state’s extreme northern Surguja district Saturday.

Chhattisgarh is one of the worst Maoist-violence hit states and accounted for 435 deaths, including that of about 200 policemen, in 2007 in Maoist-linked violence.

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