Malkangiri (Orissa): A Maoist camp and a
`martyrs` pillar` erected by them were destroyed by security
personnel during a combing operation in Orissa`s Malkangiri
district, police said today.
A large number of materials including fatigues,
leaflets and utensils being used by the rebels were also
seized during a raid on their camp near Tumudimarka under
Kalimela police station last evening, said Malkangiri SDPO
Smelling that the securitymen were approaching their
den, the Maoists deserted the camp and fled the area.
The team comprising District Voluntary Force (DVF) and
Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel were carrying out a
joint combing operation in remote Kalimela, Padia and
Chitrakonda areas for the last two days.
On a tip off, they raided the adjoining dense forests
near Tumudimarka in Kalimela police limits and destroyed the
`martyrs` pillar` of the Maoists at Tumudimarka.
The sources suspected that a large number of Maoists
sneaked into Padia, Kalimela, Mathili and Motu areas of the
district from neighbouring Chattishgarh by crossing the Saberi
river and set up camps in inaccessible pockets.
Combing operation in the areas had been intensified,
border areas with Chattishgarh and Andhra Pradesh sealed and
vehicles were being checked as part of the security drill, the