23 Maoists killed in encounter in Odisha’s Malkangiri

23 Maoists killed in encounter in Odisha’s Malkangiri (File) Representational image

At least 23 Maoists, including six women, were killed in an encounter with a combined team of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha police near Jantri in Panasput block of Malkangiri district in Odisha on Monday.

Two police constables were also critically injured in the encounter.

The bodies of the deceased were air lifted to Chitrakonda in Odisha for post mortem.

Huge cache of ammunition and weapons, including four AK-47, three SLR and ten 303 rifles were recovered from the encounter site.

Malkangiri district police said search and combing operations, which started last night, are still going on in the area and extra force is being sent to the area to intensify the combing operation.

Malkangiri is one of the areas severely affected by Maoist activities. This is the second major encounter and the biggest in Malkangiri district.

In September 2013, in Podia block in Malkangiri district, 13 Maoists were killed in an encounter with the police.

During the past one year, the strength of the Maoists and their support base in Malkangiri had been decreasing due to the surrender of hundreds of Maoist supporters.

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