Raipur: A CRPF jawan succumbed to his injuries while another is critical following an encounter with Naxals in forests in Saleghat area in Chhattisgarh’s Dhamtari on Friday. According to ANI, heavy loss has been inflicted to Naxals.

This encounter follows closely on the heels of the one on Thursday where four BSF jawans were martyred in Kanker. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and state Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu paid tribute to the four BSF personnel who lost their lives in the encounter.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also expressed his condolences to the families of four BSF personnel who were martyred. Taking to Twitter, he said, “Deeply anguished over the loss of @BSF_India personnel during an operation against the Naxals in Kanker. They fought valiantly before laying down their lives for the nation. My deepest condolences to the families of these martyrs and prayers for the speedy recovery of the injured.”

Singh also said he had spoken to BSF DG Rajni Kant Mishra over the incident and informed that he will be visiting Chhattisgarh to assess the ground situation.

“I have spoken to DG @BSF_India regarding the encounter in Kanker. He has apprised me of the operation. He will be leaving for Chhattisgarh to help the families of martyred BSF soldiers and also assess the ground situation,” read a second tweet from Rajnath.

The incident occurred after the domination patrol of 114 Battalion of BSF deployed in Pakhanjur in Kanker district was targeted by the Naxals with IEDs and fire, the BSF said in a statement.