Odisha: Death toll of Maoists killed in encounter rises to 27

As per the latest report, at least 24 Maoists, including 11 women, were killed in a 90-minute-long encounter.

After the Andhra Pradesh and Odisha police recovered three more dead bodies of Maoists, the death toll in the fierce Monday encounter has risen to 27 on Tuesday.

On Monday’s encounter, the Maoists, including their top leaders, were gunned down in Odisha’s Malkangiri district on the border with Andhra Pradesh, which is one of the worst bloodshed in the state-sponsored combat against the Left wing extremists.

As per the latest report, at least 24 Maoists, including 11 women, were killed in a 90-minute-long encounter.

Some of the other Maoists who were killed have been identified as Daya, Venkat Ramana, Bengal Suresh, Ganesh, Latha, Mamata, Budri, Rajesh, Swarna, Madhu and Murali, reports The Indian Express.

“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 had said on Monday.

After the encounter police 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, media reported on Monday. The police  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 over an hour.

The injured constables were shifted for treatment to the King George Hospital in Visakhapatnam by helicopter, 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.