The ultras also looted the weapons of the troopers after the encounter that lasted for about an hour, they said. The incident took place in the forest between Murkinar and Cheramungi village in Modakpal area. The ROP of the paramilitary forces was clearing the Murkinar-Cheramungi road as CRPF officials were going for some civic action program in Cheramungi village.
While the ROP was heading towards their destination, around 100 armed Naxals, who were hiding in the forest, opened indiscriminate firing on them, killing four troopers on the spot.
The bodies were later airlifted to Raipur. Bijapur Superintendent of Police Prashant Agrawal said that naxals looted one SLR rifle, one Insas rifle and a LMG (light machine gun) of the jawans during the gun-battle. According to a CRPF official, three paramilitary troopers were also injured in the incident. Police suspect that some local ultras were leading the cadres during the attack. A CRPF official said that an intense combing operation has been launched in the region to nab the ultras. (PTI)