Security forces gunned down two hardcore left-wing Naxalite rebels in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, police said Wednesday.
The rebels were gunned down when they opened fire on the security personnel during an anti-Naxalite operation near Minpa village in the state's Sukma district Tuesday night, Xinhua news agency quoted a police official as saying.
"One security personnel sustained injuries in the incident. He is being treated at a government hospital," said the official.
Chhattisgarh is often hit by Naxalite violence.
The left-wing insurgency began in the eastern state of West Bengal in late 1960s, spreading to more than one-third of India's administrative districts.
Although major offensives by security forces in recent years had pushed the rebels back to their forest strongholds, resulting in a dip in the level of violence, hit-and-run attacks are still common.
Such attacks had led to the killing of hundreds of people, mostly security personnel, every year.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK