Malkagiri: In the latest offensive against left wing extremism, security forces gunned down a Maoist during combing operation in forested areas of Odisha’s Malkangiri district.
In fierce gun battle, security forces Special Operation Group (SOG), Greyhounds and Border Security Force (BSF) personnel swopped on the Maoists’ camp near Balimela water reservoir and a Maist cadre was shot dead in the encounter, said Additional Director General of police (Operations) RP Koche.
The armed rebels had targeted the security forces had triggered a landmine blast. Arms and ammunition besides Maoists literatures were retrieved from their hideout. The slain Maoist is yet to be identified. The body is being brought to Malkangiri district headquarters.
Seven Maoists were gunned down since past one week in separate gun battles in Bolangirr and Kandhamal districts.
It may be recalled here that the state government had told the assembly during winter sessions that 52 Naxal related violence were reported from several parts of the state in 2017.
It said that the Naxal situation continued to remain a matter of concern in eight districts like Malkangiri, Koraput, Kalahandi, Rayagada, Kandhamal, Angul, Bolangir and Bargarh.
There have been no report of any Naxal activities in five districts like Gajapati, Jajpur, Nabarangpur, Mayurbhanj and Dhenkanal district last year, it said adding that the left wing extremism remained under control in the districts of Nuapada, Boudh, Nayagarh, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur, Deogarh and Sundergarh.
While seven Maoists were killed in Odisha during 2017, 35 Naxal members had been arrested. Twenty seven Maoists surrendered before the police in 2017, it said.
The security personnel seized 16 guns, 23 explosives and a large number of ammunition during search and combing operation in 2017, it said.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had earlier appealed to the Maoists to surrender arms and join the mainstream.