Three naxals killed in encounter with police in Madhya Pradesh's Balaghat
Three naxals were killed after an encounter broke out between them and police in Madhya Pradesh's Balaghat district.
At least three naxals, including a woman, were gunned down in an encounter that broke out between police and naxals in Lanji tehsil of Balaghat district in Madhya Pradesh on Monday. The gunfight took place between Balaghat Police Hawk Force in Kadla village of Khandapadi Panchayat under Bahela police station limits.
Police have gunned down three naxals associated with Platoon 56 of the Vistar Dalam and Darekasa Dalam.
Madhya Pradesh Home Minister Narottam Mishra said the encounter took place in Bahela police station area in Balaghat district. The place where the encounter took place is located near the Maharashtra border.
The killed Naxals were identified as their divisional committee member Nagesh, carrying a reward worth Rs 15 lakh, and area commanders Manoj and a woman, Rame, both carrying a reward of Rs eight lakh each, he said.
Confirming the development, Inspector-General of Police Sanjay Singh said, "Three naxals were killed and police personnel present at the spot are carrying out an investigation."
Police also recovered AK-47 rifle, firearms and 12 bore guns from the possession of the naxals. The operation was spearheaded by the Balaghat ASP in the presence of Police Hawk Force and state police officials.
Superintendent of Police Sameer Saurabh and Inspector-General of Police Sanjay Singh are present at the spot. Three Naxalites carrying rewards on their heads were killed in the encounter between the police's Hawk Force and the rebels.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh praised the police officers for their valour and said they would be given promotion and gallantry awards.
According to sources, the three naxals are aged between 35 to 40 years of age and one of them also carried a bounty on his head.