Kanker: Four BSF jawans have lost their lives in an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district on Thursday, said reports.

Two other personnel were injured in the encounter, which took place in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district, thirty-five kilometers from Pankhajur, police said, adding that the encounter went on for over three hours.

On March 28, at least four alleged Maoists were killed in an encounter with a joint team of the CRPF’s COBRA battalion, and the Chhattisgarh police force in Sukma district. More details are awaited.

In October last year, a Naxal attack had killed a Doordarshan cameraman and two cops, leading to an uproar. Reacting, Naxals had issued a statement “DD Cameraman Achutyanand Sahu was killed after being caught in the ambush and we had no intention of targeting the media.”

Police, however, rubbished the statement, questioning if Sahu wasn’t targeted, why was his camera taken away. Dantewada SP Abhishek Pallav had said, “Why was the camera looted? Because it had recorded evidence of what happened in the first few minutes of the targeted media ambush. Multiple bullet wounds and skull fractures on the martyred cameraman in no way indicate that it was by mistake.”