13 Maoists including a woman (Pramila alias Neha) gunned down on Saturday last during early hours by special operation group and the district voluntary force in the Silakota forest of Malkangiri District around 300KMs from Koraput of Odisha.
The suspected Maoists killed in the gun battle followed specific intelligence about their movement in the area one day in advance and the very next day the incident took place. Describing the operation as a major success drive against Maoists in the region. Bodies of 13 Maoists were recovered and another Maoist was caught by security persons after the encounter, said Akileswar Singh. The police intensified combing operation in the area. Police also seized some explosive materials, arms including AK 47, ammunitions and Maoist literature from the incident site.
All the 13 dead bodies sent for post mortem on Sunday (today) to the District Headquarter Hospital Malakangiri. Police are trying to identify all the Maoists except the woman Maoist who were gunned down. The Maoist group is suspected to have been involved in May 25 attack on a congress convoy in Bastar District of Chhatisgarh that killed Senior Congress leaders VC Sukla, Mahendra Karma and 28 others.
Meanwhile Director General of Police Prakash Mishra accompanied along with other Senior Officials rushed to Malkangiri while a police team from Chattisgarh Sukuma District also reached Malkangiri to identify the bodies. The incident close on the hills of the killing of 4 BSF Jawans in a land mine explosion in Koraput’s Sunki on August 27.
The Javans, from 161 BSF Battalion stationed at Balimila in Malakangiri District, were on their way to Gujarat through Visakhapatnam when the rebels ambushed them. The attack was an act of revenge by the Maoists, whose leader Golaramulu alias Madhav was sought dead by the Security force on August 23 in Koraput District. Speaking to media in Bhubaneswar before leaving for Malakangiri, the DGP said that this a warning to the Maoists of their states not to venture into Odisha, “Else, they will face a similar fate as 13 after entering the State, Orissa Police is set to take firm action against Maoists.