Security forces in naxal afflicted Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh have claimed to have downed a naxal.
The naxal was killed in the encounter with the police, confirmed security forces.
The encounter is reported to have been done in a forest near Itampara village when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) were out on an anti-Naxal operation.
The incident was also confirmed by the Bijapur’s Superintendent of Police (SP) Mohit Garg.
The DRG personnel were cordoning off the forest area near Itampara when the rebels started firing on them.
The forces then retaliated with fire in which the naxal was killed.
It was after the encounter that the forces searched the area to find the body of the slain naxal.
He has been identified to be Mangu Oyam (22) and is believed to be naxal jan-militia member.
The patrolling team returned today to its camp in Bijapur after concluding the operation, he added.>