Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and two others injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district on Thursday.
"One jawan of the 114 battalion of BSF died while two others sustained injuries in an encounter that broke out between the security forces and Naxals," DIGP Anti Naxal Operation P Sundarraj told ANI. The news agency later updated the tweet and said that four BSF jawans had lost their lives in the encounter.
A BSF official said the domination patrol of 114 Battalion deployed in Pakhanjur in Chhattisgarh was targeted by the Naxals at 11.45 am.
The official added that injured BSF personnel was being evacuated. The area has also been cordoned off.
On March 31, three Naxals including a woman were arrested in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Dantewada district while they were allegedly planning to plant bombs to target security personnel during the Lok Sabha polls, a police official said Sunday.
Explosives, including a `tiffin bomb' and three grenade-headed arrows, were recovered from them, Dantewada Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava had said.
Acting on specific information, a joint team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) and District Force of the police arrested Bhima Potam (23), Aaytu Atra (25) and Lachhi Atra (33), a woman, from Raja Bangla area Saturday evening, he said.
All three were members of the `Jan militia' of the Maoists in Bhairmgarh area of neighbouring Bijapur district for the past several years, he said.
This news comes barely days after Naxals blasted former MLC Anuj Singh's house in Gaya district in Bihar on March 28.
The Naxals had used dynamites along with other explosives. There has been animosity between Singh and the Naxals for some time.
A police investigation is underway. The attack has happened less than a fortnight from the Lok Sabha elections which was being boycotted by the Naxals.