Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Phulbani, Jul 27:
Security personnel recovered the bodies of two Maoists from inside Madaguda forest in Tumudibandh area in Odisha’s Kandhamal district this morning, police said. There was a heavy exchange of fire between Maoists and security personnel yesterday.
In a joint briefing to the media today, southern range IG Amitabh Thakur and Kandhamal SP Kanwar Vishal Singh said besides the bodies of the two slain Maoists, security forces also recovered security personnel also seized three guns, live cartridges, tiffin bomb, medicines, saline, vegetables and jerry cans from the spot where the encounter took place yesterday.
“As per Supreme Court guidelines, we will get post-mortem conducted on the two dead bodies by a team of doctors,” Thakur said.
He said the Maoists had come in two groups one of which, consisting of about 15-20 cadres, entered Kandhamal.
“They resorted to unprovoked firing while a search operation was on yesterday and out men retaliated with full force,” Singh said.
“The crossfire lasted about 50 minutes during which about 40 rounds were fired. We stopped firing after evening set in,” he said.
The joint operation was carried out following a tip-off on the presence of the Maoists inside Madaguda forest,” said the IG. The search operation was still on, he said.
Meanwhile, the people of Kotagarh gheraoed the police station alleging that the two persons killed in the encounter were innocent villagers. They said the two belonged to Dudimila village..
A day before the Madaguda encounter, security personnel and the Red Rebels had exchanged fire on the Kandhamal-Kalahandi border on Friday.