Hummingbird News Desk
BHUBANESWAR, 12 OCT: At least three Maoists, including two women, were killed and a jawan of Odisha police was injured in an exchange of fire in Tulasi Forest Range in Odisha’s Malkangiri district, a top police officer said on Tuesday.
Acting on intelligence inputs about the presence of the Maoists in the area, a joint team of a special Operation Group (SOG) from Odisha Police and Malkangiri District Voluntary Force (DVF) launched a combing operation in the area in the wee hours, informed DGP Abhay while briefing the media.
“During the operation, the extremists, hiding in the forest, opened fire at the security forces. Subsequently, the jawans retaliated. Three Maoists sustained bullet injuries and succumbed to it at the spot,” said Abhay.
“So far we have recovered three bodies from the spot. More ultras are expected to have been died or injured in the gunfight,” he added.
As per reports, two guns have also seized from the spot of the encounter.
The DGP said the combing operation is still underway as close to 30-40 Naxals are suspected to be present in the area.
Red rebels opened fire on the security forces during a combing operation in the forest. The security men opened retaliatory firing in self-defence. During the exchange of fire, three of the Maoists were killed while a jawan received gunshots and was injured, said senior police officials.
Arms and ammunition, Maoist publicity material besides other incriminating materials were seized from the spot. Search operations are still continuing in the area, the official added.
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