In a deathly attack, at least 15 Maoists, including a woman Maoist, were killed on Thursday in Chattisgarh's Sukuma district. This took place during an encounter with Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel. So far, two bodies of Maoists have been recovered. Inspector of General of Police Bastar Range, SRP Kalluri corroborated the news. The operation was carried out by the joint squad of the CRPF's 217th battalion and Sukuma district police officials. Earlier, two Naxals were arrested during a search operation in Konta area, about 500 km from Raipur.
Based on the information about the location of Maoist commander Hidma, who is the head of 1st military battalion of Naxals, in the region, CRPF carried the operation. However, they are yet to trace Hidma. Hidma was allegedly involved in the 2013 Jiram valley Naxal attack in Bastar's Darbha region in which 31 people, including some senior state Congress leaders, were killed and the 2010 Chintalnar ambush in Dantewada in which 76 troopers were killed. Further details will be known once the police team returns to its camp.