The Maoist rebels have been carrying out attacks against India for more than 40 years, demanding land and property for underprivileged communities

At least five security personnel were killed and several more sustained injuries in a violent encounter with Maoists in the Bijapur district of India on Saturday, reports the Times of India.

According to statements from a police officer, the number of personnel deceased may increase as the encounter is still taking place in the Tarren forest in the district.

Officials in India said: “A joint team of 400 special task force, district reserve guards and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel went on an anti-Naxalite operation when they came under an ambush laid by Maoists in deep forests.”

“We received the information that a large number of Maoists were having a meeting in forests with senior commanders and based on the inputs received, an operation was planned,” they added.

They also said more details will unveil once the personnel are contacted. They added that a rescue operation is taking place at the location.

Earlier in the month, five District Reserve Guard (DRG) personnel were also killed in a Maoist attack in the Narayanpur district of India.

The Maoist rebels have been regularly carrying out attacks against India for more than 40 years, demanding land and property for underprivileged communities. 

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