Naxals fired upon the boat from top of a nearby hill. The rebels managed to overturn the boat by targeting its operator after an exchange of fire between the two sides. The policemen were on a joint operation in Chitrakonda when the boat overturned, State Director General of Police (DGP) Gopal Nanda said to the media.
While 8 security personnel managed to swim out, a search operation has been started to trace the missing ones. Malkangiri Superintendent of Police S K Gajbhiye said that some caps used by the personnel were recovered from the 40-meter deep reservoir. 8 personnel who swam ashore had bullet injuries and is admitted to the hospital.
Fire brigade personnel and police force have launched a search operation to find clues about the missing personnel.