Raipur: Two District Reserve Guards were on Monday martyred in an encounter between DRG, STF (Special Task Force) troops and Naxals in Saklar village in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district, news agency ANI reported. At least nine Naxals have been killed as of now. More details are awaited. Also Read - Chhattisgarh: Lockdown In Durg District Extended Till April 19 Amid Rising COVID Cases

In another incident, a Naxal was today injured in an exchange of fire which ensued between militants and teams of 206 CoBRA Battalion at around 7.15 AM in the forest area of Elmaguda village in Sukma district, ANI reported. A ‘bharmar’ gun and  Improvised  Explosive Device (IED) making equipment were also recovered from the militant. Also Read - Chhattisgarh: Bodies Piled up at Hospital, on Floor by Dumpsters as COVID-19 Surge Grips Raipur

The state has not witnessed a let up of such incident lately. On November 25, two Naxals were killed and a police personnel was injured in encounters in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said. The gun-battles took place when teams of police’s District Reserve Guard (DRG) of and Special Task Force (STF) were out on anti-Naxal operations in Gangaloor and Madded areas. Also Read - Odisha Seals Border With Chhattisgarh Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases, Hikes Mask Penalty

Superintendent of Police Mohit Garg told PTI that a combined squad of DRG and STF was cordoning off the jungles between Nilamadgu and Korinjed in Madded area, 450 km from Raipur when it came under fire from the rebels. The exchange of fire lasted for 40 minutes after which the Naxals fled, he said.