Guwahati: Just days ahead of polls, Maoist rebels ambushed a team of the Border Security Force (BSF) during which an ASI from Assam, Bipul Borah, along with three others, were martyred on Thursday.
A resident of Dhanekhowa in Assam’s Sivasagar district, Borah was an assistant sub-inspector (ASI) of the 114th battalion of the BSF. He had been serving in the security forces for 20 years. Three other constables, Silam Ramkrishna from Andhra Pradesh, Ishrar Khan from Jharkhand and Tumeshwar from Dongargaon in Chhattisgarh, were also martyred during the gun battle. BSF assistant commandant Gopu Kumar and inspector Gopal Rang sustained injuries.
According to BSF officials, the encounter took place in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh when a team of BSP personnel were on a routine operation. The security men were advancing through a forest patch near Mahla village, when a group of Naxals fired at them, leading to a gun battle.