Fierce encounter in Odisha-Andhra border kills 18 Maoists
At least 18 rebels, members of the banned CPI-Maoists, were killed and two of the security forces injured in an encounter with the combined team of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha police near Malkangiri district of Odisha.
The GrayHound forces have attacked the Maoist camp, a few kilometers away from the border with AP, where at least 50-60 Maoists had assembled. It is suspected that a few leaders of the Maoist Party like Gajarla Ravi alias Uday, Bengal Sudheer and Anil were there at the time of the encounter.
“Immediately after seeing the police forces, the Maoists began firing at them and the police had to retaliate. In the exchange of fire, 19 Maoists were killed, while two Greyhound constables received injuries. The encounter is still going on,” Andhra Pradesh director general of police, N Sambasiva Rao said.
Police have recovered four AK47 rifles, three Self Loading Rifles (SLR), and some other guns, besides a large scale of ammunition from the spot of the encounter. The police have shifted 18 bodies from the spot to Chitrakonda in Odisha for post-mortem and the injured constables were shifted to Visakhapatnam.
According to Intelligence report, the Maoist group was part of Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) led by top Maoist leader Ramkrishna alias RK, who was reportedly among those present and he has escaped.
The face-off between the security personnel and the outlaws lasted for about an hour.
The injured constables were shifted for treatment to the King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam by helicopter, the police official added. Police have recovered four AK-47 rifles from the scene of the encounter.
AP Director General of Police Nanduri Sambasiva Rao left for Visakhapatnam immediately upon receiving news of the encounter.
The DGP said combing operation was still continuing as there was information that there were some more Maoists roaming in the region.