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Five Maoists killed in fire exchange in Odisha’s Malkangiri

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Malkangiri: In a major success for the Odisha police, at least five Maoists, including two women cadres, were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces at a forest near Papluru village under Kalimela block of Odisha’s Malkangiri district, informed ADG (Operation) RP Koche today.

A combing operation by a joint team of Odisha Police and the Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel led to the encounter in which the five Maoists were killed.

Multiple weapons, including two INSAS rifles, a hand grenade and one SLR, were also recovered as the combing operation continued, he said. “We have deployed additional Border Security Forces and SOG personnel to keep a strict vigil and track down all the Maoists hiding in Papluru,” he added.

Till last reports came in, combing operation by the forces in the area was underway. Leader of Kalimela Dalam Division of CPI (Maoist), Ranadeb reportedly managed to escape during the gunbattle.

“I think, this is by far the best operation of the Odisha Police against the left-wing extremists. While a huge cache of arms and ammunition have been recovered, a search operation is still on to track down the Maoists,” Director General of Police (DGP) R.P. Sharma said.

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