A CRPF officer, Assistant Commandant Shanti Bhushan Tirkey, was killed in an encounter with Maoists in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh on Saturday. Police stated a CRPF constable, Appa Rao, was additionally injured within the incident.

Inspector Normal of Police (Bastar vary) Sundarraj P stated the incident occurred at about 9.30 am, close to Putkel village below Basaguda police station, about 60 km from the district headquarters, when a group of CRPF’s 168th Battalion was out on street safety responsibility.

“The firing began close to Dongal Chinta nala, near Putkel village. Safety forces responded to the firing by unknown Maoists. Further reinforcements have been despatched to the spot, and they’re looking the realm,” he stated.

In line with sources, safety forces had obtained intelligence inputs that Maoists had gathered close to the realm.

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Police stated the Maoists additionally looted Tirkey’s AK-47 rifle. His physique was recovered from the forest and has been despatched to Jagdalpur for autopsy. Tirkey was a resident of Ranchi district in Jharkhand.

Police stated the injured CRPF constable, a resident of east Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, was secure.

Expressing grief over the officer’s dying, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel stated in an announcement: “Our jawans have been getting into the den of Naxals and battling towards them with valour and braveness. They’ve pushed Maoists to a restricted pocket (in Bastar). The martyrdom of our jawans is not going to go in useless.”

In the meantime, police are nonetheless monitoring info on the kidnapping of a sub-engineer and a head mason, concerned in bridge building work in Bijapur district, by armed Maoists on Friday, over 80 km from the encounter spot.

On Saturday, Sonali Pawar, spouse of the sub-engineer, requested Maoists to launch him, in a video interview to native media. “We now have two younger daughters, he had come to Bijapur to earn for them. We’ll depart instantly, return to our properties. Please launch my husband, I apologise for any of his errors,” she stated.

“A bridge is being constructed over the Indravati river to attach Bijapur and Narayanpur districts. It’s going to join Bedre to Abujhmad, which is a menace to Maoists,” a senior police officer from Bastar had stated on Friday. The bridge is being constructed by a personal firm.

“Maoists are combating their final battle as our forces are getting into their areas. It is a determined try to make sure their reign of terror,” stated a senior police officer.

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