Four BSF jawans killed in encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, April 4: Four Border Security Force personnel were killed and two others injured in an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Kanker district on Thursday.

The first phase of Lok Sabha elections in the state begin on April 11.

Giving this information, Deputy Inspector General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P said a joint team of BSF’s 114th battalion and the district force of police were out on an ‘area domination’ operation around noon in a dense forest near Mahla village when they were attacked.

The deceased have been identified as BSF’s Assistant Sub-Inspector Bipul Borah, who hailed from Assam, constables Silam Ramkrishna from Andhra Pradesh, Ishrar Khan from Jharkhand, and Tumeshwar from Dongargaon in Chhattisgarh, he said.

BSF’s Assistant Commandant Gopu Kumar and Inspector Gopal Rang sustained injuries in the exchange of fire.

Reinforcement was rushed to the spot, Sundarraj said, adding a search operation was underway in the area. The bodies and the injured personnel were airlifted to Raipur, he said.

Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel expressed grief over the death of the BSF personnel.

Polling in the Kanker parliamentary constituency will be held on April 18, the second phase of elections.