A Naxalite was killed in a gun battle between security forces and Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Kanker district, police said on Tuesday.
Guns, live bullets and other items of daily use were seized from the encounter spot, a senior police official said.
“We had launched an inter-district counter insurgency operation on the borders of Kanker and Kondagaon districts in which different teams of BSF, DRG (District Reserve Group), STF (Special Task Force) and police from seven stations were deployed,” Inspector General of Police (Bastar) Sundarraj P told The Pioneer over phone.
On Monday evening, a joint team of DRG and STF (Bravo 8) had a face-off with armed Maoists in the jungle of Sindurmeta in the Kanker police station area, about 150 km from Raipur, the officer said.
Seeing the police force, the Maoists opened fire. The police retaliated. After intermittent firing, the Maoists slipped into the jungle. Later, during a search of the area, police found the body of a male Maoist clad in Naxalite uniform.
While searching the area, police also found a .303 rifle, a 315 rifle, solar plates, radio, battery charger, wire, pressure cooker, IEDs, Naxalite literature, medicines and other items of daily use in huge quantity.
The identity of dead Maoist is yet to be ascertained, the officer said