Report;Manoj Kant Dash,Pranaya Panda,Odishabarta
Phulbani,12/03/19:A woman Maoist was gunned down in an encounter with security forces near Tumudibandha forests in Odisha’s Kandhamal district on Wednesday.
Earlier on the day, Maoists’ posters were surfaced at Parampanga village under Baliguda sub-division in the same district asking people of the region to boycott the upcoming general elections.
ADG (Operation) RP Koche said, acting on a specific tipoff about a hideout of ultras in forests at Tumudibandha, security forces raided the place and gunned down a woman Maoist. However, some cadre Maoists managed to flee the spot.
A group of Maoists, which had set up a camp in the jungle, were tracked down by the forces on Wednesday following which the security personnel entered the jungle and had a brief exchange of fire with the red rebels. In the lengthy exchange of fire, a female Maoist was killed on the spot. Besides, the forces seized four guns, there grenades and several other Maoist articles were also seized during the search. We have deployed Special Operation Group (SOG) and District Voluntary Force (DVF) for combing operation in the area, he added.