Four Border Security Force (BSF) jawans lost their lives on Thursday in an encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district.

Two security personnel also sustained injuries in the exchange of fire between the jawans and the Naxals.

The skirmish took place in a dense forest near Mahla village in Kanker district when a team of BSF’s 114th battalion was out on a search operation, police said.

“Four BSF troopers were killed and two injured in the incident,” Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told PTI.

Reinforcement was rushed to the spot, he added.

Earlier on Monday, two Naxals, carrying a reward of Rs 5 lakh and Rs 1 lakh respectively on their heads, were arrested in Chhattisgarh.

Explosives, a firearm and banners and posters calling for a boycott of the Lok Sabha elections, were recovered from them, police said.

The two were identified as Ajit Modiyam (24) and Ramsu Kunjam (22). They were apprehended by a team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) in Dhamtari district from the forest of Khallari police station limits Sunday, a police official said.

As many as 17 cases of Naxal-related incidents, including attacks on police teams and murder, were registered against Modiyam who was active as Sitnadi Area Commander of Maoists.

Polling in the Kanker Lok Sabha constituency will be held along with two other seats – Mahasamund and Rajnandgaon – in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh on April 18.

Elections to 11 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state will be held in three phases on April 11, April 18 and April 23.

(With agency inputs)