Four Naxals were killed in an encounter on Thursday with the police in a remote forest area in Gadchiroli district bordering Chhattisgarh, a police officer said.
Police suspect that more ultras were killed in the gun battle that ensued after a patrol party came under fire from the insurgents in the wee hours near Bhatpar village in Bhamragad taluka.
"The gun battle ensued after the police party on anti-Naxal operation in Bhatpar area was fired upon by Naxals, following which police returned the fire in which four ultras were killed," Assistant Superintendent of Police (Aheri) Rahul Shrirame told PTI over phone.
The officer said police found four bodies of the ultras from the spot and suspect that the number of Naxal casualties could be more. The police have intensified combing in the region following the skirmish, he said.
The latest incident is said to be another success for the police after the Govindgaon encounter in January when six top rebels, including two women cadres, were gunned down.