New Delhi: Just before India is about to enter the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, the security forces were once again targeted by Maoists in Kanker, Chhattisgarh this morning at around 11.45 AM. As per the latest information, in the ensuing encounter, four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed in action whereas two other jawans are severely injured.
The injured jawans have been admitted to the hospital. As per reports, the encounter is still going on.
The jawans were on a search operation today when they encountered the Maoists (aka Naxals in popular parlance). According to sources, a tremendous crossfire between the Maoists and the police ensued in the forests of village Maula under Pratappur Police Station of Pankhajur.
After receiving the information of the incident, additional forces have been sent to the spot. The encounter between the police and the Maoists in the area is still going on. The BSF’s 114 Battalion has been targeted by the Maoists this time. Many Naxalites have also been injured in this encounter, the area has been surrounded by the security forces.
Of late, the Maoists have carried out many attacks, both on civilians and security forces. On the occasion of Holi, the Maoists targeted the civilians in Bijapur where they blasted an IED and blew up a vehicle, in which about 9 people were injured.
On 18 March in Dantewada, Naxals targeted the jawans by blasting an IED in which one jawan was martyred.
In the wake of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the presence of security forces in the state have been increased and security beefed up. The security forces are continuously patrolling the sensitive areas so as to ensure that the people don’t face any risk while casting votes in the elections. The Naxals have been repeatedly appealing and threatening the people against taking part in the electoral process.