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Maoist killed in encounter in Odisha

Press Trust of India  |  Malkangiri (Odisha) 

A Maoist was killed in a gun battle with security forces in remote area of Odisha's district, police said today.

The encounter took place during a joint operation by personnel of the Special Operation Group, the Greyhounds of and the BSF near Similipadar last evening, of Police Jagmohan Meena said.

Following a tip off, the securitymen launched the operation there and the red rebels, who were about 20 in number, fired at the security forces and they retaliated, Meena said.

The body of the rebel, aged between 35 and 40 years, was found during search in the area today, he said.

Two rifles, some ammunition and other items were seized during the combing, the SP said.

Others managed to flee, though several of them were suspected to have received in the exchange of fire, police said.

Chief Minister today announced cash rewards of Rs 10 lakh each for Balangir and district police for their successful anti-Maoist operations in recent times.

Seven Maoists - five in and two in Balangir districts - were killed on Saturday in encounters with the police.

Two days ago, Patnaik had appealed to the red rebels to shun the path of violence and join the mainstream.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 19:00 IST
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