Seven Maoists killed in two encounters in Odisha

first_imgA total of seven Maoists, including two women, have been killed in two separate encounters in Odisha’s Kandhamal and Balangir districts since Saturday night.Security forces found another body on Monday morning, after they had recovered four bodies following an exchange of fire with Communist Party of India-Maoist cadres in the Sudurukumpa forest of the Kandhamal district on Sunday afternoon.The gun battle comes a day after two left-wing extremists — divisional committee member Sanjeeb who was carrying a reward on ₹5 lakh on his head, and Rakesh, an area committee member carrying a reward of ₹4 lakh — were killed in an exchange of fire with the security forces on Saturday.Special Operations Group, an anti-Maoist force, and District Voluntary Force launched an operation following a tip-off about a possible meeting of Communist Party of India (Maoist) cadres at Godanki village in Sudurukumpa forest.Two women among deadKandhamal Superintendent of Police Prateek Singh said two woman Maoists were among the five killed in the exchange of fire. Five guns, including an AK-47 and two INSAS rifles, were recovered from the spot. The names of the deceased had not been revealed till Monday evening.In the wake of the two encounters, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday and reviewed the security situation in the State, an official said. During the telephonic conversation, the Chief Minister briefed the Home Minister on the steps taken by the State government to deal with the Maoists, the official said. Mr. Singh also spoke to Odisha Director General of Police Rajendra Prasad Sharma and appreciated the successful operations against the Maoists.(With PTI inputs)last_img

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