Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Malkangiri, Oct 24:
At least 24 Maoists, including seven female cadres, were killed during a joint operation of the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh police in Bejing forest between Ramgarh and Panasaputa in the wee hours of Monday.
According to reports, the operation was jointly carried by Greyhound force of AP and Special Operations Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) of Odisha after getting information regarding presence of top Maoist cadre Ramakrishna alias RK in the area.
Two Greyhound jawans sustained injuries during the operation and one of them died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Visakhapatnam. The deceased was identified as Muhammand Abu Bakar.
Police have recovered bodies of 18 Maoists from the spot and seized four AK-47 and three SLR guns, said Visakhapatnam SP Rahul Dev Sharma. Search operation in the area is on and more bodies of Maoists are likely to be recovered, he added.
Maoist leader Gajarla Ravi alias Udaya, who was carrying a cash reward of Rs 2 lakh on his head, has been killed in the operation, said Odisha DGP KB Singh.
“We had information about gathering of members of Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zone Committee of the Maoists in cut off area under Chitrakonda police station in Malkangiri district. A joint operation of Odisha and AP police was launched after confirmation of the information by our team. The operation was led by AP police and Greyhound jawans of the state played major role in it,” said Singh.