A police jawan and a Naxal were killed in a gun-battle between security forces and ultras in the Maoist-hit Bijapur district of southern Chhattisgarh, police said on Wednesday.
"The face-off took place near Mariwada police camp under Gangalur police station limits of the southern district on Tuesday night," said Deputy Inspector General of State Intelligence Bureau Deepanshu Kabra.
"Assistant constable Hemanta Masa was killed on the spot in the exchange of fire," Kabra said, adding that the ultras escaped with his Insas (Indian Small Arms System) rifle, 80 round live cartridges and a rifle magazine.
According to the DIG, the police personnel were deployed in Bijapur town during Chief Minister Raman Singh's public gathering on Tuesday.
After the programme, they were returning to their fold in Gangalur on Tuesday night when they made a halt at Mariwada village for dinner.
"When Hemanta was going to bring food from the village, nearly 15 armed Naxals opened fire and shot him dead," he said.
Hearing the gunfire, other security personnel rushed to the spot and launched a retaliatory attack, following which Naxals escaped into the jungle.
A Naxal was killed in ensuing gunfight, he said.
"The body of the Naxal and one country-made pistol were recovered from the spot," Kabra added.
The body of the police jawan was taken out of the jungle and a combing cooperation has been launched to nab the attackers, he added