Five Maoist Eliminated

DGP R P Sharma said at least five Maoists, including two women, were killed in an exchange of fire with security personnel in a forest in Malkangiri district today.

However though these Ultras were eliminated, their Commandar 'Randev', who was present at the spot, managed to escape from the area.
"Based on credible information about presence of armed CPI (Maoist) group, an anti-Maoist operation was launched on Sunday evening in Poplur–Kurmanur forest (Bejangiwada Reserve Forest) area under Kalimela Police Station of Malkangiri by the District and State Operations Wing by mobilising two units of Special Operations Group," DGP Dr.Sharma told Media
In fact there was no injury or casualty from police side, the DGP said death toll in the encounter could go up as search operation in the area was still in progress.
Police recovered two SLR rifles, 1 INSAS rifle, one .303 rifle, one grenade and other articles from the spot, Dr.Sharma said.
Additional Director General of Police (Operations) R P Koche said efforts were on to track other Red Rebels who ran away from the area during the gun battle.
Two teams of SOG had been conducting a combing operation since Sunday evening and they spotted a group of Maoists in the jungle. After noticing the security personnel, the Maoists fired and the SOG jawans retaliated leading to the encounter, police said.
Meanwhile, the identity of three Maoists of the five Maoists who were gunned down in an encounter, have been ascertained, ADGP said.
The Police claimed that the three deceased Maoists, including two female cadres, were identified as Unga Sodhi, Mase Madhi and Seema Kendruka. They were all members of the Kalimela Dalam. The identity of the two other slain Maoists is yet to be ascertained, sources said.
Police said Unga Sodhi and woman cadre Mase Madhi alias Sunir hailed from Rajulkonda area under Kalimela police limits in the district while another woman Seema Kendruka was from Narayanpatna in neighbouring Koraput district.

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