Raipur: The death toll in Chhattisgarh Naxal attack jumped to 24 after 19 more bodies of security personnel have been spotted by the forces, sources said on Sunday.
As per the sources, a joint team of Chhattisgarh police, Special Task Force and Central Reserve Police Force–and People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) had gone to south Bastar, a stronghold of Maoists, for a combing operation on Friday night.
However, on Saturday afternoon, a four-hour-long encounter ensued between a team of over 400 security personnel and People’s Liberation Guerilla Army (PLGA) in the Tarrem area near the Sukma-Bijapur border, over 75 km away from Raipur.
In the encounter, at least five security personnel were killed, more than 12 injured and while several went missing.
The search operation, as per the sources, was launched to trace the missing and at least 31 security personnel, with injuries were found and rushed to the capital Raipur for treatment.
The operation is still underway and choppers have been sent to trace the missing jawans, Chhattisgarh Additional Director General of Police D M Awasti said as quoted by a media report.
The ADG said bodies of the security personnel have been cited.