6 Maoists killed in battle with security forces
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Last Updated: Sunday, May 09, 2010, 23:21
Bhubaneswar: At least six Maoists are anticipated to have been killed in a gun battle with security forces in Orissa's Koraput district today, police said.

Senior police officers engaged in the anti-Maoist operation at Podapadar area in Narayanpatna said, "On the basis of indications from the encounter site, we anticipate at least six Maoists have died."

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik also told reporters here, "The police believe that some Maoists have been killed and injured during the encounter with security forces."

"The exchange of fire which began last night between the rebels and a joint team of Orissa police, Greyhound and BSF in Podapadar forest, about 100 km from here, ended this morning after Maoists fled," SP Koraput Anup Kumar Sahoo said.

There are blood stains and signs of a couple of bodies having been dragged from the site by the ultras while fleeing, Sahoo said.

Stating that Maoists generally do not leave behind bodies of their cadre in encounter sites, a senior police officer said securitymen who took part in the operation appeared to have seen rebels carrying away a couple of injured ultras or bodies while fleeing the site.

While a chopper was pressed into service to conduct aerial search and scanning after the encounter, massive combing operation was conducted in the entire area, police sources said.

DG (Intelligence) Prakash Mishra said besides kit bags, some explosives, landmines, Maoist literature and other articles, apparently left behind by the red rebels, were found from the area during search.

The police said blood stains and dragging marks could be seen along the route in which the Maoists retreated after the exchange of fire.

The encounter took place after security personnel spotted some armed ultras near a hilly area as the rebels opened fire seeing the police who promptly retaliated, police sources said adding the number of ultras engaged in the encounter was yet to be ascertained.


First Published: Sunday, May 09, 2010, 23:21

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