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Malkangiri: In a fresh blow to the red rebels, a dreaded Maoist who was carrying Rs 5 lakh on his head was shot dead by security personnel during an encounter in Chintakonta forest under Sukma district in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh last night.
The killed Maoist has been identified as Soyam Kama, a member of Konta Area Committee of outlawed CPI (Maoist) outfit.
As per the sources in Sukma Police, the encounter took place late in the night in Kanhaiguda-Chintakonta forest when a joint team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) and Special Task Force (STF) was busy in combing. A group of Maoists opened fire at the combing party finding them nearing the red camp. After the security personnel returned fire, a bloody gun battle erupted between the two sides in the forest.
After the guns fell silent, Kama’s body was found lying in a pool of blood along with some explosives and items of daily use.
Police said Kama was involved in over 50 major Maoist ambushes in Chhattisgarh and its neighbouring states.
Security forces have intensified their search in the Chintakonta area following the encounter to catch the absconding red rebels.