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5 anti-Naxal force personnel found dead in Chattisgarh forests

September 19, 2009 16:39 IST

Five more bodies of personnel belonging to the elite anti-Naxal force Commando Battalion for Resolute Action have been recovered from the Dantewada Forests in Chattisgarh.

A major offensive was launched against the Naxals following specific intelligence inputs about them being present in the forest.

According to CoBRA sources, the bodies of Assistant Commandant Rakesh Chaurasia, a sub-inspector, a head constable and two constables were recovered during a combing operation in the thick forests near Singamadagu.

On Friday, Assistant Commandant Manoranjan Singh was killed during a gunbattle.

So far, the death toll has been pegged at six.

Security forces also unearthed an arms manufacturing unit in the forests. Nine Naxals have been killed during Operation Red Hunt so far.

Source: ANI