Three members of the banned CPI (Maoist), together with two ladies, have been killed in an change of fireplace with safety forces within the Tulasipahad reserve forest alongside the Odisha-Chhattisgarh border. The realm falls below the jurisdiction of the Maithli police station in Malkangiri district. The identities of the deceased have been but to be verified, police sources mentioned.
The gun battle between the Maoists and the mixed safety forces together with the Particular Operations Group and the District Voluntary Pressure lasted for over an hour. The Maoist energy was estimated to be between 15-20 members and the group was being led by senior Maoist chief Suresh. No casualties have been reported from the safety forces’ aspect.
Odisha DGP Abhay mentioned that the forces launched a combing operation within the wee hours of Tuesday primarily based on intelligence inputs on the motion of Maoist forces within the area. “Throughout the combing operation, the extremists, hiding within the forest, opened fireplace on the safety forces. In retaliation, our jawans opened fireplace as nicely. Three Maoists sustained bullet accidents and succumbed on the spot,” Abhay mentioned.
Search operations within the space have been underway to determine any extra casualties, police mentioned. The police have additionally seized two weapons together with an INSAS rifle from the spot of the encounter. Since 2020, 16 members of the outlawed CPI(M) have been killed throughout change of fireplace with safety forces in Odisha, six of whom have been killed since January this yr. The gun battle on Tuesday was the primary main confrontation since September 2020, when two Particular Operations Group (SOG) commandos and 5 Maoists have been killed in an encounter in Kalahandi.
Within the final yr, three civilians have additionally been killed by the Maoist forces on suspicion of being police informers.