The encounter occurred in a dense forest in Odisha’s Kandhamal district. (Representational picture)


Not less than 4 Maoists have been gunned down throughout an alternate of fireside with safety forces in a dense forest in Odisha”s Kandhamal district on Sunday, a high police officer mentioned.

Some rebels have additionally suffered accidents within the operation, Director Common of Police (DGP) Abhay mentioned.

Appearing on a tip-off, a workforce of Particular Operations Group (SOG) personnel and District Voluntary Drive (DVF) officers had launched a raid within the forest in Tumudibandha space of Kandhamal district early within the day, he mentioned.

Because the safety personnel approached their hideout, the Maoists opened hearth and a gun battle ensued, resulting in the dying of the 4 rebels.

An enormous cache of arms and ammunition has been seized from the world, the DGP mentioned.

All 4 of them are suspected to be members of the Bansadhara-Nagavali-Ghumusar division of the banned CPI (Maoist), he mentioned, including {that a} huge combing operation is underway within the space.
Kandhamal SP Prateek Singh, who rushed to the location together with different senior cops, mentioned a lady cadre was among the many Maoists killed within the encounter.

Congratulating the safety forces, Chief Secretary A Ok Tripathy mentioned the operation has strengthened Odisha’s resolve to combat extremism.

“Congrats to Officers & Jawans of Odisha Police on profitable ops in Kandhamal. Their courageous motion is far appreciated. Demise of four Maoist confirmed. This strengthens our resolve to free our state from extremism and spur all spherical growth within the state,” he tweeted.

Earlier this week, a Maoist camp was busted and explosives seized by safety personnel in Phiringia space of Kandhamal.


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