26/10/2015 11:12 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

One Jawan Killed, Another Injured In Shootout With Chattisgarh Maoists

An Indian paramilitary soldier patrols during a combing operation under "Operation Green Hunt" near Rangamati, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) east of Ranchi, India, Monday, March 15, 2010. A major drive has been launched to flush out Maoist rebels, also known as Naxals, from their strongholds in West Bengal and Jharkhand state under the operation. The rebels have fought for more than four decades in several Indian states, demanding land and jobs for agricultural laborers and the poor. About 2,000 people, including police, militants and civilians, have been killed in violence over the past few years. (AP Photo/Sasanka Sen)

RAIPUR -- A CRPF jawan was killed and another injured in a gun battle with naxals in Chhattisgarh's worst insurgency-hit Sukma district today.

The skirmish took place in the forests under Maraguda police station limits during an anti-naxal operation in the region by the paramilitary forces, Sukam Additional Superintendent of Police Santosh Singh said.

A squad of the 217th batallion of Central Reserve Paramilitary Force launched an operation late this evening after getting information about digging of a road by ultras near the force's Maraiguda camp, located around 450 kms away from the state capital, Singh said.

During patrolling, a group of armed cadres opened indiscriminate firing on the security personnel leaving one of them dead and another injured, he said.

However, naxals fled to the core forest area when jawans retaliated, he added.

"The killed jawan was identified as Ashok Kumar Jat of constable rank," the ASP said.

Soon after getting the news of the incident, additional force was rushed to the spot, and the injured and the body of the jawan were retrieved out from the forest through helicopter, he said.

A manhunt has been launched in the region to nab the attackers, he added.

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