The gun-battle took place at around 4 pm in the forests under Puspal police station area when a team of the District Reserve Guard (DRG) was returning after carrying out an anti-Maoist operation, Deputy Inspector General (anti-naxal operations) Sundarraj said. The DRG is a locally raised force vested with the task to tackle Maoists.
When the patrolling team was advancing through forests between Tulsi and Mundial villages, located around 450km away.
The security forces on Friday killed one naxalite each in Encounters with the band Communist Party of India in Maharashtra and neighbouring Chhattisgarh. In Maharashtra South Gadchiroli the body of an unidentified male Maoist was retrieved along with the firearm and other materials including literature of the mouth after a joint team of C60 Commandos stormed a base camp in the Forest of hicad made near Chhattisgarh border. The police has stepped up area domination and input based operation in South Gadchiroli after the Maoist eliminated 3 tribal of the nearby village labelling them as 'police informer'