Bhubaneswar: Two more extremists have been gunned down during an exchange of fire in Panasput forest of Malkangiri on Thursday morning. Combing has been intensified following the biggest ever anti-naxal operations along the Andhra-Odisha border line in the cut off Chitrakonda area of the district on Sunday night. Search operations also continue for the fourth consecutive day with the nearby regions on alert for Maoist retaliation.
According to information, two Maoists were killed earlier this morning during an exchange of fire between security forces and red rebels at Panasput forest taking the total death toll to 30. Security personnel also seized two SLRs from their possession.
Earlier on October 24, in a joint operation carried out by some 200 personnel comprising Andhra’s Greyhound and Odisha police, SOG, CRPF in far cut off area of Chitrakonda as many as twenty eight extremists were killed with huge cache of arms and ammunition recovered from camp.
Police Sources said the rebels had encamped for discussing a strategy on organizing a big attack when security forces on getting a tip off swooped down on them. During an exchange of fires which lasted for some hours up until the October 25th morning some Maoists fled with bullet injuries while others were gunned down. More than 50 extremists had encamped down in the camp when the attack occurred, sources added.
With high alert sounded for the undivided Koraput and Kalahandi districts, security forces have intensified combing operations.