The security forces had claimed they came across a meeting of Maoists in June 2012 in Bijapur. Following a gun battle, 17 Maoists were killed.
The gunbattle took place around 4 pm in the forest near Tiriya village under Nagarnar police station area bordering Odisha.
For the two former Maoists life has taken a 180 degree turn as earlier they used to attack polling parties and disrupt the polling process, but now they are part of the security team trying to safeguard the election in Bastar.
A thick security blanket, comprising around 80,000 state and paramilitary personnel, has been thrown across the Bastar Lok Sabha constituency. Seven candidates are in fray in Bastar constituency.
Maoists attacked the convoy of BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi in Chhattisgarh's Dantewada two days ahead of the first phase of polling for the Lok Sabha elections.
Army personnel perform stunts during an event to mark to 'Azadi ke Amrit Mahotsav' in Jalandhar.PTI Photo
Women walk near an encounter site between security forces and militants at Pampore area of Pulwama District. Two militants, including Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Umar Mushtaq Khandey, were killed in the gun battle.PTI Photo/S. Irfan
Members of Hindu Jagran Manch in a candle light rally protest against the alleged attack on the ISKCON temple at Bangladesh,in Kolkata.PTI Photo
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia addresses a press conference, in Jalandhar.PTI Photo
Actor Jayasurya, who won the best actor award in his film 'Vellam' at the 51st Kerala State Film Awards, poses for a photograph with his family members in Kochi.PTI Photo
The Opposition is hoping for a rich election harvest in Uttar Pradesh but Lucknow appears to be a long way from the killing fields.
The former Delhi Police employee has also emerged as the go-to man for the authorities to reach out to the agitating farmers.
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