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Odisha: Security forces gun down 14 Naxals in encounter in Malkangiri district

Author: Express News Service
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: September 14, 2013
URL: http://www.indianexpress.com/news/odisha-security-forces-gun-down-14-naxals-in-encounter-in-malkangiri-district/1169173/

In a fierce encounter in Odisha, security forces have killed at least 14 Maoists in the Malkangiri district of the state. According to reports, the encounter took place near the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border.

Reports further said that huge arms and ammunitions were recovered from the Naxals in the encounter.

The area is close to Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh and the group that camped in the forest is suspected to have been involved in the May 25 attack by Maoists on a convoy of Congress leaders in that state.

DIG of Police Devdutt Singh said a joint team of special operation group (SOG) and district voluntary force (DVF) had launched a combing operation following a tip off when Maoists fired at it in Silakuta forest in Padia area.

A fierce exchange of fire ensued when the red rebels challenged the security personnel in which at least 14 ultras including a woman cadre were gunned down, Singh said.

Malkangiri Superintendent of Police Akhileswar Singh, who led the operation, said some explosive materials, arms and ammunition and Maoist literature were seized from the site.

Describing the operation as a major success in the drive against left wing extremists in the region, the DIG said a massive search operation has been launched in the forest after the encounter.

The group that camped in the forest were suspected to have been involved in the recent attack by Maoists on a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh, police said adding further details would be available after the ongoing search operation in the area is complete.

(With PTI Inputs)

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