One naxal was gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, police said Friday. The gunbattle took place Thursday evening in a forest under Pusnar police station when a team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) was returning after carrying out an anti-naxal operation, Sukma Superintendent of Police Abhishek Meena told PTI over phone. When the patrolling team was descending from Tulsi hill, it came face to face with a small action team of Kanger Valley Area Committee of Maoists after which an exchange of fire started between the two sides, he said.
After the gunbattle, body of a cadre identified as Kawasi Deva, a deputy militia commander in Chandameta area, was recovered from the spot, the SP said. One muzzle-loading gun and a bag containing materials used in making improvised explosive devices were also recovered from the spot, Meena said. The patrolling team reached its camp on Friday morning, he added.