Police, rebels clash in India, 4 dead

2015-05-17 11:04

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New Delhi -  Two policemen and two guerrillas were killed in a clash in India's central state of Chhattisgarh on Sunday, officials said.

Another policeman was injured in the clash that occurred in a Bijapur district forest area.

"Police were on a search operation to track down Maoists when the insurgents opened fire on them," Bijapur deputy police chief Indira Kalyan Elesela said.

"In a gun battle that followed, we lost two of our policemen. Bodies of two rebels were also recovered from the scene," Elesela said by phone.

Bijapur is located in the Bastar region, a rebel stronghold, where the insurgents killed seven policemen and injured 10 last month.

The rebels say their armed movement is to secure the rights of the poor and marginalized.

More than 6 600 people, including civilians, militants and security personnel, have been killed in the insurgency in India since 2005.

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