A Maoist was gunned down in an encounter with security forces in Chhattigsarh's Bijapur district on Sunday morning, a day ahead of polling in the region for the state assembly polls.
The exchange of fire took place at a forest in Bedre area when a team of the Special Task Force was out on an anti-Naxal operation, a senior police official told PTI.
As per the ground report, a body of a Naxal clad in 'uniform' and a rifle were recovered from the spot, located around 450 km from here, he said.
Further details are awaited as the search operation was still underway, he added.
Security has been heightened in seven districts of Bastar division and Rajnandgaon district which go to polls in the first phase on Monday. -- PTI