The Chhattisgarh police said on Tuesday that Maoists had been killed in an encounter in Sukma district of south Chhattisgarh.P. Sundar Raj, Deputy Inspector General of Police (Dantewada range), said, “We received a tip-off that a group of 15 to 20 Maoists were present in the forest near Jongeras village under Kukaknar police station [of Sukma]. We sent a Special Task Force team led by Inspector Salim Xaxa and they conducted a search operation on June 4. There were Maoist casualties in the exchange of fire last night.” The STF team recovered seven backpacks, four black uniforms, three detonators and some IED-making material from the area. The STF team, could not recover any bodies or capture any injured Maoists.