Naxal commander killed in encounter

Raipur: A hardcore Naxal, who was allegedly involved in blowing up an ambulance killing five CRPF personnel and two civilians during 2014 Lok Sabha poll in Chhattisgarh's Bastar district, was today killed in a gun-battle with security forces, police said.

Maoists' Jan-Militia commander, Arjun, was gunned down by a joint team of security forces in the forests of Chandometa under Darbha police station limits of the district this morning, Inspector General of Police Bastar Range, SRP Kalluri, told PTI.

Composite forces of DRG (District Reserve Group), STF (Special Task Force) and district force was out on an operation since August 10 towards Chandometa bordering with Odisha's Tulsi village which is considered a naxal den, he said.

Chandometa is located around 55 kms away from Darbha police station of Bastar, which lies at a distance of about 370 kms from the state capital Raipur.