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Three Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh

RAIPUR: Three Maoists were shot dead by Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers in Chhattisgarh, police officials said on Wednesday.

Two middle-aged armed Maoist women were killed in a gun battle with a team of paramilitary CRPF and State Armed Forces members (SAF) late on Tuesday in Bailadila's hilly area in the state's southern forested Bastar region, said inspector-general (Maoist operations) Girdhari Nayak here.

"The gun battle broke out with rebels on Tuesday night when a joint team of CRPF and SAF was on a combing operation. Police recovered the bullet-ridden bodies of the two women while over a dozen male colleagues of theirs managed to escape to a nearby thickly forested stretch," Nayak said.

Police also recovered some self-loading rifles and explosives from the site of their half-hour fight - 410 km south of Raipur - with the Communist Party of India-Maoist members. Police killed another male Maoist in Bijapur area early on Wednesday.

In February 2006, Maoist guerrillas raided a mining site in the Bailadila region and shot dead eight Central Industrial Security Forces (CISF) personnel and took away at least 20 tonnes of high-powered explosives that are yet to be recovered.


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posted by Bimal 7.2.07,


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