Malkangiri/Bhubaneswar, Sep 14:
At least 13 Maoists including a woman were killed and a huge cache of arms seized as a combined force of police and Special Operation Group, led by SP Akhileshwar Singh, raided a Maoist camp in Silakota forest under Bapanpali panchayat in Podia block in Malkangiri district early this morning. The deceased are believed to have been armed members of the Kalimela Dalam of the CPI-Maoist.
Bodies of the 13 slain Maoists and the arms and ammunition seized from the spot have been brought to the SP’s office this afternoon.
DGP Prakash Mishra along with top police officials involved with the anti-Maoist Ops in the state have flown to Malkangiri by a chopper to take stock of the situation and plan the post-encounter strategy after due consultation with the SP and heads of security forces deployed in the district.
The police, according to sources, carried out the operation near the Chhatisgarh border after they were tipped off about the movements of a large group of Maoists who had camped in Podia.
The police intensified search operation in the area to look for the injured and other members of the Maoist grou. A local youth, suspected to have been a Maoist operator was nabbed during the combing exercise.
Odisha DGP Prakash Mishra while talking to OST expressed satisfaction over the fact that the entire operation was handled by the state police. “This shows our homegrown forces like DVF and SOG are good enough to tackle the Maoist challenge”, Mishra said adding the operation was successfully planned and led by the district SP Akhileshwar Singh without involving the Central security forces deployed in the area.
PTI adds :
Malkangiri superintendent of police Akhileswar Singh, who led the operation, said some explosive materials, arms and ammunition and Maoist literature were seized from the site.
Describing the operation as a major success in the drive against left wing extremists in the region, the DIG said a massive search operation has been launched in the forest after the encounter.
The group that camped in the forest were suspected to have been involved in the recent attack by Maoists on a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh, police said adding further details would be available after the ongoing search operation in the area is complete.