The face-off occurred in the restive forests of Chintagufa police station limits while a joint squad of CRPF's elite battalion-Cobra (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action) and district force was carrying out an anti-naxal operation, Sukma Additional Superintendent of Police Harish Rathore informed.

When security personnel were cordoning off forests between Burkapal and Chintagufa, a group of armed cadres opened indiscriminate fire on them following which they retaliated, he added.

After the ensuing gun-fight that lasted for around half-an-hour, ultras fled into the deep forests on finding security personnel zeroing on them, he explained.

However, constable Satpal sustained bullet injuries in the incident. Soon after receiving information, reinforcement was rushed to the spot and the injured jawan was shifted to a
local hospital in Jagdalpur for treatment, he added.

The operation is still underway in the region, located around 450 kms from the state capital.

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