Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Angul, Jan 24:
Sushil alias P Kumarswamy, the secretary of Kalinganagar Divisional Committee of CPI (Maoist), whom police had been searching for alleged involvement in 78 cases, was gunned down along with his wife Sony in an encounter with security personnel in Odisha’s Angul-Deogarh district border today.
According to reports, the security personnel killed the ultras during a combing operation in a forest on the Angul-Deogarh district border. During the exchange of fire, two members of the outlawed group were killed while two others managed to escape.
“Sushil alias P Kumarswamy from Warangal district of Telangana has been killed in police operations along with his wife. He is the head of the Kalinga division (Secretary of Kalinganagar Divisional Committee) and was carrying a reward of Rs 20 lakh on his head. He was trying to establish a corridor between Angul, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj and Deogarh areas. His wife, identified as Sindri Lingo alias Sony, was second in command and carried a reward of Rs five lakh on her head,” said Odisha DGP KB Singh addressing reporters this evening.
“We have seized one INSAS rifle, one Sten carbine, large number of ammunition, Maoist literature among other things. This is one of our most successful operations and will give a boost to the morale of our men,” he added.
As per information provided by the DGP, Sushil was involved in 78 cases including 30 cases of murder in various districts across the state, blasting of Daitari police station, abduction of ASI Umesh Marandi from Daitari PS in July 2010, blasting of Kaliahaat outpost in Keonjhar, looting of explosives from IMFA and ITC mines of Jajpur in 2008 and many other incidents of violence in Rayagada and Gajapati districts.
Combing operation has been intensified in the area to catch the red rebels on the run.