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Two Maoists gunned down in Odisha

Press Trust of India  |  Balangir (Odisha) 

Two Maoists, carrying a total bounty of Rs 9 lakh on their heads, were gunned down by security forces in Odisha's district early today, police said.

Acting on a tip-off, a team of CRPF and District Voluntary Force (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 leftwing 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, superintendent of Police K Siba Subramani said.

Describing the elimination of two rebels as a "major success", the SP said the operation would go a long way in breaking the network of the 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 stated, adding that one AK 47 rifle, an INSAS rifle and some ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.

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First Published: Sun, May 13 2018. 20:30 IST