4 Maoists killed in encounter with safety forces in Odisha

Bhubaneswar, July 5

At least 4 Maoists have been gunned down throughout an trade of fireplace with safety forces in a dense forest in Odisha’s Kandhamal district on Sunday, a prime police officer mentioned.

Some rebels have additionally suffered accidents within the operation, Director General of Police (DGP) Abhay mentioned.

Acting on a tip-off, a group of Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel and District Voluntary Force (DVF) officers had launched a raid within the forest in Tumudibandha space of Kandhamal district early within the day, he mentioned.

As the safety personnel approached their hideout, the Maoists opened hearth and a gun battle ensued, resulting in the dying of the 4 rebels.

An enormous cache of arms and ammunition has been seized from the world, the DGP mentioned.

All 4 of them are suspected to be members of the Bansadhara-Nagavali-Ghumusar division of the banned CPI (Maoist), he mentioned, including {that a} large combing operation is underway within the space.

Kandhamal SP Prateek Singh, who rushed to the positioning together with different senior cops, mentioned a girl cadre was among the many slain Maoists.

Congratulating the safety forces, Chief Secretary A Okay Tripathy mentioned the operation has strengthened Odisha’s resolve to combat extremism.

“Congrats to Officers & Jawans of Odisha Police on successful ops in Kandhamal. Their brave action is much appreciated. Death of 4 Maoist confirmed. This strengthens our resolve to free our state from extremism and spur all round development in the state,” he tweeted.

Earlier this week, a Maoist camp was busted and explosives seized by safety personnel in Phiringia space of Kandhamal. —PTI


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