Malkangiri: Maoists opened
fire and injured two securitymen of Odisha`s Malkangiri
district on Monday even as talks were on with the state government
for the release of an Italian taken hostage by the ultras.
Official sources said some district voluntary force
(DVF) personnel were proceeding from Markapadar to Gobindpalli
in Mathili area, about 50 km from here, when the ultras
Two DVF personnel were injured in the attack which led
to a brief exchange of fire before the red rebels fled from
the site, the sources said.
The injured were admitted to a hospital at Mathili
where their condition was stated to be stable.
The incident took place even as negotiators
representing the Maoists and state government were holding
talks for the release of an Italian taken hostage by the
ultras in Kandhamal district.
Ruling BJD MLA from Laxmipur in neighbouring Koraput
district, Jhina Hikaka also continues to be in Maoist
captivity since he was abducted by ultras on March 24.