Indian CoBRA commando killed in encounter with Naxals in Chhattisgarh

Raipur (Chhattisgarh, India), December 31 (KMS): A commando of Indian paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was killed in an encounter with Naxals in Sukma district of the Indian state of Chhattisgarh on Friday.

The gunfight took place in Palachalma forest under Kistaram police station limits when a team of the 208th battalion of the Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA) was out on an anti-Naxal operation, Sukma Superintendent of Police, Sunil Sharma, told media.

When the patrolling team was cordoning off the forest, an exchange of fire took place, he said.

“Constable Virendra Singh, belonging to CoBRA’s 208th battalion, suffered a bullet injury on his chest and was shifted to the CRPF’s field hospital in Kistaram. Preparations were being made to airlift him to Raipur for further treatment but he succumbed by then,” the SP said.