source - rediff
Three Chhattisgarh Police personnel have been killed and 75 are missing after Maoists ambushed a combined search party of the state police's Special Task force, Dantewada district police and Koya commandos on Tuesday afternoon.
Around 200 Maoists cornered the personnel inside Gumiapal in Dantewada district while they were returning to the base camp after a routine search operation in the forest area, 17 kilometres from the Bailadila mining area.
Sources in the state police, however, said as many as 25 policemen could have been killed.
The fierce exchange of fire, which started around noon, is continuing till reports last came in.
"A massive encounter is going on. A team of police personnel had gone into the area in pursuit of a Naxal commander and his associates," Chhattisgarh police chief Vishwaranjan said.
Reinforcements have been sent to the encounter spot, sources said, but heavy rains have hampered their progress.
On April 6, 75 CRPF personnel and a state policemen were killed in Dantewada after over 100 Naxals ambushed the patrol party and looted weapons.
In another incident on June 29, a large number of heavily-armed Maoists, perched on a hilltop, had opened fire with automatic weapons on a 63-member security contingent which was returning on foot from road opening duty, killing 26 CRPF personnel in Narayanpur district. The dead included a CRPF Assistant Commandant Jatin Gulati.