Five Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) cadres were killed in two separate exchanges of fire during an operation launched by Chhattisgarh Police in Narayanpur and Kanker District on January 10, reports The Indian Express. Around 400 Policemen entered the jungles in an area that is home to CPI-Maoist military company number two. D M Awasthi, Special Director General, anti-Maoist operations, said, “The operation was launched on a specific intelligence input about the presence of CPI-Maoist cadres in the area. In the first exchange of fire in the morning in Irpenar, four CPI-Maoist cadres were killed”, adding one trooper was also killed. He further added, “… This indicates that these could be senior cadre. ” The slain Maoists were identified as Tirupati, ‘Divisional Commander’, East Bastar division; Ratna Markam, ‘medical in-charge’, ‘company number 6’; Shyamu Yadav of ‘company number 6’ and Mangalram Salam, a Jan militia member from Irpenar.
In the second exchange of fire, in the Koylibeda area of Kanker, one CPI-Maoist cadre was killed and an AK-47 recovered from his possession. The slain Maoist was identified as Roshan, ‘divisional commander’ of the ‘North Bastar division’.
Meanwhile, Security Forces (SFs) recovered and defused as many as nine Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) allegedly planted by CPI-Maoist in Sukma District on January 10, reports The Daily Pioneer. The explosives were planted near a culvert on a kuccha road between Bhejji and Injram villages under Bhejji Police Station limits.