A Special Task Force (STF) team had launched an anti-Naxal operation in the jungles of Koylibeda police station, about 200 km off Raipur
Hidma Kawasi was Commander of Maoist Malangir area committee and in-charge of the Naxal technical team and was an expert in planting IED (improvised explosive devices), police said.
The high-intensity land-mine blast was executed by the Maoists on a police vehicle which was carrying 15 security personnel.
The Maoists triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) to target the police vehicle.
The encounter between the Maoists and CRPF took place around 6 am on Monday in the forests of Belbha Ghat area.
The encounter took place in the restive Orchha area of the district when ultras attacked a team of security forces guarding a helipad, Director General (Anti-Naxal Operation) Girdhari Nayak said.
For the two former Maoists life has taken a 180 degree turn as earlier they used to attack polling parties and disrupt the polling process, but now they are part of the security team trying to safeguard the election in Bastar.
Addressing a Lok Sabha election rally in Bhagalpur of Bihar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also said the opposition wants to strip the armed forces of their special powers, while the NDA government strives to give full liberty to jawans to deal with terrorists and Maoists.
Dantewada falls in Bastar Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to polls in the first phase on April 11.
Maoists attacked the convoy of BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada two days ahead of the first phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections.
Rahul Gandhi is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from Wayanad parliamentary constituency.
On Thursday, the domination patrol of 114 Battalion of BSF deployed in Pakhanjur, Kanker, was targeted by Naxals with IEDs and fire.
The incident occurred a day after Maoists ambushed a team of security forces, killing four BSF personnel and injuring two others in Kanker district of the state.
The encounter took place in a dense forest near Mahla village in Kanker district in Chhattisgarh when a team of BSF's 114th battalion was out on a search operation.
One CRPF jawan was injured in the exchange of fire, police said.
A female member of Naxal urban network who carried cash reward of Rs 5 lakh on her head surrendered before police in Naxal-hit Rajnandgaon district about 76 km from Chhattisgarh’s state capital Raipur, on Saturday.
The encounter ensued between police and Maoists at 6.20 in the morning near Gumla.
According to the DGP two days back security forces from Bijapur, Dantewada and Narayanpur had launched a similar operation but they were not able to find Naxals.
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