Bhubaneswar: At least three Maoists, including two women, were gunned down in an exchange of fire in Tulasi Forest Range in Odisha’s Malkangiri district, a top police officer said on Tuesday, October 12, 2021.
Acting on intelligence inputs, Odisha Director of Police Abhay stated that a joint team of the special operation group and Malkangiri district voluntary force had launched a combing operation in the area. Upon learning about the presence of jawans in the forests near Kerimiti village along the border of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh, they opened fire and the security personnel retaliated, he said.
All the three Maoists died on the spot. Two firearms including one INSAS have been seized from the Maoists. The DGP further added that the combing operation is still underway as close to 30-40 Naxals are suspected to be present in the area. A total of six Maoists have been killed this year in the state.