14 Maoists killed in encounter in Odisha

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Thin red line A Maoist patrol in the Nallamalla forest of AP in 2005
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Malkangiri (Odisha), 14 September (PTI) At least 14 Maoists, including a woman, were killed in a fierce encounter with security forces in a forest in Odisha’s Malkangiri district. The area is close to Naxal-hit Chhattisgarh and the group that camped in the forest is suspected to have been involved in the 25 May 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 that adding further details would be available after the ongoing search operation in the area is complete.

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