NAGPUR: The Chhattisgarh police claimed to have gunned down a Maoist during an encounter in Bijapur district in south Chhattisgarh on Sunday.“A police team led by police inspector Lakshman Kewat of Bhairamgarh (police station) set out at around 4 a.m. today based on some local inputs that a group of 10 to 15 Maoists is camping near the hills and forest around Surakheda village. At around 8.30 a.m., an exchange of fire took place near Surakheda village when the Maoists were crossing the area,” Mr.P. Sundar Raj the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) of Dantewada range said in a statement.After the firing stopped, the body of one uniformed Maoist was recovered along with guns, a tiffin bomb, wires and detonators. The deceased was identified as Maoist leader Ratan Majji alias Hemla Ratan.
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