Chhattisgarh: Fifteen Maoists were killed in an encounter in Chhattisgarh's Sukma area in the early hours on Monday. According to the initial information, all weapons recovered from the possession of the killed rebels are country-made. According to sources, the body of one more Maoist rebel has been recovered but there has been no official confirmation yet. 

"We had received information about the Maoists living in the villages of Durma and Nulkatong. Immediately, with the help of local police and CRPF, a joint operation was conducted in which 15 Maoists have been killed and operation is still on," a senior Chhattisgarh police official said. The operation was carried out by CRPF CoBRA, special task force and district reserve group.

The encounter took place in a forest patch of Sukma, in Konta region and almost 16 weapons were recovered.

Two rebels, including a woman, were arrested. One of the arrested rebels has been identified as Deva, an area committee member, who has Rs 5 lakh bounty on him.

"One female cadre, who suffered a bullet injury, was arrested. She has been given necessary treatment," said DG, anti-Maoist operations, DM Awasthi.

Awasthi claimed that the female rebel had given some crucial information, which can't be revealed. 

The operation took place between 6-7 AM, but the search operation was launched at night. 

Last month, the security forces had killed two rebels in the Sukma area as well. The operation was done by the district reserve group which lasted for three hours.

With inputs from Sandeep Pradhan