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CRPF officer dies in Naxal ambush in Chhattisgarh

The rebels also suffered casualties as evidenced by patches of blood observed on the scene.

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Bijapur (Chhattisgarh): A CRPF officer was martyred and a constable injured during a heavy exchange of fire that followed a Maoist ambush on Saturday at Putkel forest within Basaguda Police Station limits of this district in Left-wing extremism-affected Bastar division.

A detachment of the 168th Battalion had set out towards Usur block’s Timmapur on a search operation. The gun-battle resulted in the death of Assistant Commandant SB Tirkey who hailed from Jharkhand. The injured constable was rushed to the District Hospital.

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The rebels also suffered casualties as evidenced by patches of blood observed on the scene. A search has been intensified in the area, Superintendent of Police Kamlochan Kashyap said. 

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