Combined team of Greyhounds and Odisha Police kills 23 naxalites

Combined team of Greyhounds and Odisha Police kills 23 naxalites

Vijayawada: 21 Maoists, including two top commanders Gajarla Ravi and Chalapati, were killed in an exchange of fire with security forces on the Andhra-Odisha border, dealing a severe blow to the Naxalites in the region. It was a joint operation of the Greyhounds, Odisha Police Special Operation Group and the District Voluntary Force.

Reports of other Maoist leaders being killed in the encounter also remain unconfirmed.

Police and paramilitary soldiers were searching on Monday for remaining insurgents after their ambush left a large number of the Maoist fighters dead. Two security personnel have been injured in the attack and are now being attended to at a hospital.

Police said that they had acted on a tip-off and added that the Maoist camp was located around 10 kilometres from the Malkangiri district headquarters.

Police superintendent Rahul Dev Sharma said a policeman who was injured in the gunfight succumbed to his injuries Monday afternoon.

The top Maoist had leaders assembled in their "den" in the Malkangiri forests for a plenum when the alleged encounter took place around 6.45 AM. No concrete information is available about Maoists top leader Ramakrishna alias RK.

Police have recovered four AK-47 rifles from the scene of the encounter, where a Maoist den was also found.

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According to the South Asia Terrorism Portal, more than 7,000 people, including civilians, fighters and security personnel, have been killed in Maoist-related violence in India since 2005. "The bodies have been kept in the mortuary of the district headquarters hospital at Malkangiri and they will be handed over to their relatives after following due procedure", Mohapatra said. "However, we have to confirm with the combing forces whether there was an exchange of fire again in the wee hours of Tuesday or the bodies are those that were untraced on Monday".

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