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Maoist casualties suspected in Orissa encounter

In a fierce gun battle with Maoists, securitymen were on Sunday believed to have inflicted some casualties in the rebel side in Orissa`s Koraput district, police said.



Bhubaneswar: In a fierce gun battle with
Maoists, securitymen were on Sunday believed to have inflicted
some casualties in the rebel side in Orissa`s Koraput
district, police said.

Loss of lives and injury among the ultras were suspected
after heavy exchange of fire, that broke out with security
personnel last night, continued till this morning in a forest
of Podapadar area under Narayanpatna police station limit,
about 100 km from here, they said.

"They (police) believe that some Maoists have been
affected and injured during the encounter with security
personnel in Koraput district," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
told reporters here.

He said further details were awaited about the encounter
between Maoists and a joint team of Orissa police, elite
Greyhound force of Andhra Pradesh and BSF.

"Likelihood of casualties among the Maoists is high, but
we are yet to recover any body after the intense gun-battle.
The ultras always try not to leave bodies of their cadres in
encounter sites," Koraput Superintendent of Police, Anup Kumar
Sahoo said.

However, there are indications of a couple of bodies
having been dragged from the site of encounter by the ultras
while fleeing, he said, adding, a massive combing operation
was under way in the forest.

PTI

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