Raipur, Jan 7//Indo-Asian News Service// - Police Monday claimed to have killed several Maoist guerrillas in an early morning raid on a hideout in Chhatisgarh's restive Bastar region.
'The police raided a hideout of the rebels in a forested area under Koyalibera police station in Kanker district of Bastar region and caused heavy casualties (to the leftist guerrillas),' Pawan Deo, deputy inspector general (DIG) in Kanker range, told IANS.
'We found heavy blood stains at the encounter site and enough evidence that rebels' bodies have been carried deep inside the forest during the 90-minute fierce gun battle,' the police officer said.
The police recovered three rifles, 36 detonators, four bundles of wires used for landmine blasts, pipe bombs, tiffin bombs, Maoist uniforms and literatures.
The leftist insurgents run a parallel government in forested interiors of iron ore rich Bastar region that comprises of five districts - Bastar, Dantewada, Bijapur, Narayanpur and Kanker - and is spread out in about 40,000 sq km.
The state recorded 436 deaths in Maoist violence 2007 including 200 policemen and special police officers (SPOs) and 165 civilians.
Source: IANS, January 7, 2008