The gunbattle took place yesterday 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, said in a statement.
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, Meena said.
After the gunbattle, body of a cadre identified as Kawasi Deva, a deputy militia commander in Chandameta area, was recovered from the spot, he added.
One muzzle-loading gun and a bag containing materials used in making improvised explosive devices were also recovered from the encounter spot, Meena said. The patrolling team reached its camp today morning, the SP added.
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