Bhubaneswar: At least four Maoists were gunned down during an exchange of fire with security forces in a dense forest in Odisha”s Kandhamal district on Sunday, a top police officer said.
Some rebels have also suffered injuries in the operation, Director General of Police (DGP) Abhay said.
Acting on a tip-off, a team of Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel and District Voluntary Force (DVF) officers had launched a raid in the forest in Tumudibandha area of Kandhamal district early in the day, he said.
As the security personnel approached their hideout, the Maoists opened fire and a gun battle ensued, leading to the death of the four rebels.
A huge cache of arms and ammunition has been seized from the area, the DGP said.
Kandhamal SP Prateek Singh, who rushed to the site along with other senior police officers, said a woman cadre was among the Maoists killed in the encounter.
Congratulating the security forces, Chief Secretary A K Tripathy said the operation has strengthened Odisha’s resolve to fight extremism.
“Congrats to Officers & Jawans of Odisha Police on successful ops in Kandhamal. Their brave action is much appreciated. Death of 4 Maoist confirmed. This strengthens our resolve to free our state from extremism and spur all round development in the state,” he tweeted.
Congrats to Officers & Jawans of Odisha Police on successful ops in Kandhamal.Their brave action is much appreciated .Death of 4 Maoist confirmed . This strengthens our resolve to free our state from extremism and spur all round development in the state.@IPR_Odisha @CMO_Odisha
— ChiefSecyOdisha (@SecyChief) July 5, 2020
Earlier this week, a Maoist camp was busted and explosives seized by security personnel in Phiringia area of Kandhamal.