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8 Maoist cadres killed in Chhattisgarh
Spl. Correspondent New Delhi, OCT 9 (NPN):
Published on 10 Oct. 2010 12:31 AM IST
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In a major setback for the CPI-Maoist, eight of its cadres were killed in a four hour long gun battle with the Chhattisgarh police Special Task Force (STF) at Mahasamud adjoining Bastar region, north of Kanker on Saturday afternoon. Two personnel of the STF were also injured in the gun battle and their conditions were stated to out of danger.
IGP Bastar region, T.J Longkumer (IPS) speaking to Nagaland Post over the phone said that the STF personnel conducted a “charge encounter” against the Maoist cadres at around 12.30 p.m. killing eight of them.
Saturday’s operation was a major blow for the CPI-Maoist, who were just starting to mobilize and to setup a new base in Mahasamud, Longkumer said. One SLR rifle, one INSAS rifle, three .303 rifle and some other assorted weapons were recovered from the slain cadres.
Meanwhile, Longkumer also confirmed that three troopers of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) were killed in a landmine blast in Rajnandgaon district on Friday.
According to a senior police official, on condition of anonymity said that the new CRPF DG, Vijay Kumar who had visited Chhattisgarh few days back said new strategies are on the cards to tackle the Maoist.
IANS adds: "It's a great achievement. The Maoists have been striving to make inroads in Mahasamund district. We have also recovered arms," Vishwa Ranjan, director general of police (DGP), told IANS.

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