A jawan gave an injured Naxal a new lease of life by donating blood even as they are engaged in a fierce fight in Chhattisgarh.
The incident occurred in Surguja, a Naxal-dominated area where the outlaws make their presence felt time and again.
"On May 7, we received information that some Naxals had gathered near Chandnibahar village under Surajpur police station and were planning an attack," Surguja Superintendent of Police N K S Thakur said.
When a team under went to the area, the Naxals started firing at them to which the police team retaliated. Naxals soon fled the place, leaving behind an injured Chandrika Yadav, who was hit by a bullet in his waist, he said.
Yadav was taken to Ambikapur hospital in a critical condition where doctors asked them to make arrangements for 'O' positive blood. A jawan, Virendra Singh, offered to donate blood to the Maoist, allowing the doctors to save his life, he said.
Yadav is now out of danger and will be interrogated once the doctors give their permission, the officer said.
According to Thakur, Yadav is one of the hardcore Naxals and police had been hunting for him for long.Many cases of dacoity, attempt to murders have been registered against Yadav, who has also worked under the Naxal commander Basant Yadav, he said.