Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jul 31:
Three Maoists, including two women cadres, were killed in a police encounter on the Malkangiri–Chhattisgarh border today, Odisha DGP Sanjeev Marik said here.
Two SLR rifles and an Insas rifle have been recovered from the site of the encounter which is still on, Marik said.
Reports reaching here from Ground Zero said Malkangiri SP Mitrabhanu Mohapatra is leading the police team, which also includes personnel of the district volunteer force (DVF).
Based on intelligence that a group of Maoists was holding a meeting in a remote, forested area near Tandiki village on the border with Chhattisgarh, the team led by the SP reached the area and fired on the assembled Maoists, killing the three on the spot.
The details of the damage suffered by the Maoists would become clear after the encounter is over and a search operation is conducted at the site, sources said.
Security forces have intensified the vigil in this highly Maoism-prone district since Tuesday when the Maoists began their Martyrs’ Week.
It may be noted that Maoists had recently abducted in two phases a group of 11 persons from a village in the district. Though they were released after two days, they were severely beaten up and warned against hobnobbing with the police.
They had been beaten up so badly that they could not walk on their way back and had to be carried by relatives on their shoulders and slings.