Hardcore Naxal, 2 supporters killed in face-off with police in Chhattisgarh Rajnandgaon (C’garh), May 29 (PTI) A Naxal ‘deputy commander’ and two supporters of the outlawed outfit were killed in an encounter with the police in Chhattisgarh’s Rajnandgaon district today, an official said. Also Read - Chhattisgarh Naxal Encounter: After Massive Search Operation, Bodies of 17 Security Personnel Recovered, Say Police

The encounter took place at a forest in Bortalav area of Rajnandgaon bordering with Maharashtra around 11 am when a team of the district force was out on a search operation, Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal told PTI. Also Read - Aamir Khan's 'Holi Mubarak' Pictures Are Hands Down The Best Wish For Fans This Festive Day!

The Naxals started firing on the police at a hill in the forest following which the patrolling team retaliated, he said. Also Read - Chhattisgarh Urban Body Election Results: Congress Wins 3 Municipal Bodies

Later during a search, the police found three bodies, Agrawal said.

One of the deceased was identified as Azad, the deputy commander of the Darrekasa area committee of Maoists, he said.

The other two deceased, who had apparently gone to the forest to supply some items to Maoists, were yet to be identified, the SP said.

Two firearms were also recovered from the spot, the official said.

Further details were awaited as the search operation was still underway in the forest, he added.

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