On Sunday, a police jawan injured in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh's Sukma district succumbed to injuries, taking the death toll of security personnel killed in the operation to three.
"While two district reserve guard (DRG) jawans were killed, five special task force (STF) personnel injured in two gunbattles between a joint team of security forces and ultras under Chintagufa police station limits in the district", Special DGP (anti-Maoist operations) D M Awasthi told PTI.
Four separate encounters between Naxalites and security forces have been reported in the state since Saturday. Around 15-20 Maoists were killed in "Operation Prahar" Two DRG jawans were martyred during a fresh firing at 4 p.m.
He said almost 1500 security personnel drawn from Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), District Reserve Group (DRG), Special Task Force (STF) and District Force were part of the team that stormed into the Maoist stronghold at around nine AM, leading to an encounter. The first exchange of fire with the Maoists took place on Saturday, near Tondamarka, at around 10 am.
"Some of our jawans were injured while trying to recover the bodies of the Maoists", the top official revealed.
Further details were awaited, he added. During the encounter, the area was under high threat zone.
Security forces have spotted a Naxal camp in Dantewada which is also known as the bastion of Naxals.