A Naxal was killed and an STF jawan injured in an encounter between the Left-wing extremists and security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Orchha on Thursday.
The injured jawan, a constable, was immediately rushed to the hospital where his condition is said to be stable.
The body of the Naxal was recovered along with a country-made pistol, a knife, a pitthu bag and other incriminating materials.
Orchha is in Narayanpur district which comes under the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency where polling was held today in the first phase of elections.
Reports say that the ultras attacked a helipad which was being guarded by the security force personnel triggering a gunbattle.
The extremists escaped from the site of the encounter. A combing operation was launched in the area.
This was the second incident involving Naxals in the Bastar constituency on the day of polling.
Earlier today, a party of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Chhattisgarh Police were ambushed by Naxals in Chhattisgarh’s Narayanpur.
The 60-member team was moving on foot from Farasgaon toward Dadwang in Bastar constituency for polling when they came under attack by Naxals. The extremists triggered an IED before firing at the party.
The ITBP successfully managed to break the ambush. No casualty was reported.
Only two days ago Naxals killed the sitting BJP MLA from Dantewada in an IED attack. Bhima Mandavi was travelling in a convoy when it was hit by the Naxals on Tuesday. Four others, including three PSOs of the lawmaker, were also killed.