Four Maoists were killed today (Tuesday, March 26) in an encounter with the security forces in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district.

The encounter took place around 6 am in a forest in the Chintalnar police station area, Deputy Inspector General (anti-Naxal operations) Sundarraj P told news agency PTI.

An elite unit of the CRPF’s Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) was cordoning off the forest area near Karkanguda village, 500 km away from the state capital, when a group of Naxals started firing on them, after which the security forces retaliated.

In the resulting encounter between the security forces and the naxals, 4 maoists were killed.

One INSAS rifle and two.303 rifles were recovered from the spot, a security official said. He also added that more details are awaited.

Anti-naxal operations have been intensified in the forest of Bastar area in view of the Lok Sabha elections.

Chhattisgarh will vote in three phases of seven-phase election: April 11, April 18 and April 23. Sukma district is a part of the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency, which will go to polls in the first phase of the election.