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Investigation in Naxal ambush; ‘informant’ under police lens

A probe has begun into the Maoist ambush in which two policemen, including an SHO, were killed in Kanker district as Chhattisgarh police suspect a “fake informant” possibly mislead the patrolling team into a trap.

“An investigation has begun into the encounter between security personnel and ultras under Bande police station limits took place yesterday,” Additional Director General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) R K Vij told a news agency on Tuesday.

“It is matter of probe that what kind of information was received by the police, because the martyred policemen had inputs in connection with the yesterday’s operation. We are probing it,” he said.

Bande police station SHO Avinash Sharma and assistant constable Sonu Ram Gawde were killed in the Naxal attack in forests between Hawalbaras and Panawar villages last evening.

Besides, six security personnel, including a BSF’s assistant commandant, and two villagers were injured in the ambush. “Sharma was a brave officer and involved in several encounters with Maoists in the past. The state government had decided to award him an out-of-turn promotion. He was to be promoted soon,” the ADG said.

As per a senior police officer, as many as 10 security personnel, including six belonging to district police and four to BSF, on five motorcycles were mobilised for patrolling towards Hawalbaras village, around 250 km away from Raipur.  When the patrolling squad crossed Hawalbaras, they found some local youths playing a cricket match on the left side of the road at the village outskirts. Suddenly, firing started from the dense forests on the right side,?the official said on condition of anonymity.
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