2 CRPF personnel killed in encounter in Chhattisgarh

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Bijapur: Two CRPF personnel were killed and another injured in an encounter with Naxals in Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh on Friday, police said.

A girl was killed after being caught in the crossfire, sources said. Naxals looted an AK-47 rifle, four magazines, one bulletproof jacket and one wireless set of security forces during the encounter.

Assistant sub-inspector Madhu Patil and head constable Taju Oti were killed in the encounter. Another assistant sub-inspector, Madan Pal, was injured in the gunfight.

Bijapur Superintendent of Police Divyang Patel said the gun-battle took place around 11 am close to a culvert near Keshkutul village when a team of the CRPF’s 199th battalion was on patrolling duty on  motorcycles.

The reports said two girls were caught in the crossfire. One of them died while the other was injured.

When the patrol party was advancing through Keshkutul, the team was ambushed by a group of armed rebels and a gunfight ensued, Patel said.

Two minor girls travelling in a goods carrier were caught in the crossfire when their vehicle was passing through the encounter spot.

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