Additional Superintendent of police- Naxal Operations, Gorakhnath Baghel confirmed the incident.
Following a specific inputs about the presence of Maoists a joint team of District Reserve Group- DRG and Special Task Force- STF had launched an intensive search operation in the area.
The encounter took place in the forest of Timenar near the border of Bijapur district during early morning hours today.
The bodies of 8 Maoists were recovered from the spot. Security forces also recovered six rifles. .