2 hardcore Maoists killed in police encounter in Odisha-Chhattisgarh border

Malkangiri: Two hardcore Maoists have been killed in a police encounter on Odisha’s Malkangiri district border Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh.

According to sources, nearly 20 to 25 Maoists group led by the area committee Maoists Commander Arun were planning to target police. After receiving information about it, the cops initiated a search operation and busted their camp.

Following this, the police personnel and the group of Naxalites had an exchange of fire, where two hardcore Maoists were killed. The exchange of fire took place for a long time.

The cops have also seized various Naxal products. Following the incident, a detailed search operation is underway in the area.

Earlier, a police constable was martyred, while a Maoist was killed in an encounter in Chhattisgarh’s Kanker district.

According to reports, the gun fight took place in a forest near Hidur village under Chhotebethiya police station of the district. The encounter occurred when a joint team of security personnel was out on an anti-Maoist operation.

As per official report, the operation was launched based on specific input about the presence of Maoist in the Hidur village.

Reportedly, police constable Ramesh Kurethi of Bastar Fighters, a unit of state police, was killed in the encounter. Furthermore, the body of the Maoist and an AK-47 rifle has been recovered from the spot.

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