Four Border Security Force (BSF) personnel were killed and two injured in an encounter with Maoists in Chhattisgarh on Thursday, police said.
The skirmish took place in a dense forest near Mahla village in Kanker district when a team of BSF's 114th battalion was out on a search operation, police said.
"Four BSF troopers were killed and two injured in the incident," Deputy Inspector General (anti Maoist operations) Sundarraj P told PTI.
Reinforcement was rushed to the spot, he added.
Polling in the Kanker Lok Sabha constituency will be held along with two other seats - Mahasamund and Rajnandgaon - in the second phase of Lok Sabha elections in Chhattisgarh on