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Six Maoists gunned down in Odisha's Kandhamal, Balangir districts

Press Trust of India  |  Bhubaneswar 

At least six Maoists, including two women, were gunned down in separate encounters with security forces in Odisha's and districts today, a said.

While four Maoists, including two women, were killed at in Kandhamal's Golanki village, two naxals were shot dead in Dudkamal village of district, of Police (Operations), R P told

Acting on a tip-off, an operation was launched by police and (SOG) personnel in of

During the operation, the Maoists, who were holding a meeting there, opened fire at the security personnel who retaliated, the police said.

Bodies of four naxals were recovered from the Eight rifles, including an AK-47 and an INSAS, ammunition and other materials were seized from the area, the ADGP said, adding no security personnel was injured in the encounter.

A massive combing operation has been launched in the area, he said.

In district, two Maoists, carrying a total bounty of Rs 9 lakh on their heads, were gunned down by security forces.

Acting on an information, a team of CRPF and (DVF) officials carried out an operation in the forest areas near Dudkamal village of the district around 1.30 am, a senior police said.

"We had information that around a dozen left wing extremists (LWE) had assembled at a hideout near Dudkamal village. When the security personnel approached the site, a fierce gun battle broke out between the two sides, resulting in the death of two rebels. The rest managed to flee taking advantage of the darkness," Balangir SP K Siba Subramani said.

Describing the elimination of two rebels a "major success", the SP said the operation would go a long way in breaking the network of Maoists in the region.

The slain extremists were identified as CPI (Maoist) members and Both hailed from neighbouring Chhattisgarh, he said.

"Sanjib, a divisional committee member, carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh over his head, while the bounty amount for Rakesh, an area committee member of Balangi-Baragarh division, was Rs 4 lakh," the said, adding that one AK-47 rifle, an INSAS rifle and some ammunition were recovered from the

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 00:20 IST