Bhubaneswar, March 13(LocalWire): One woman Maoist was killed in an anti-Naxalite operation in the forested area of Kandhamal district on Wednesday.
Police seized one .303 rifle, three hand grenades and other explosives from the spot. None of the security force personnel sustained any injuries.
The DGP RP Sharma told media, ‘SP Kandhamal spearheaded an operation alongwith Special Operation Group and District Voluntary Force.
The rebels fired indiscriminately and police retaliated. The gun battle continued for around half an hour.
The woman Naxal has not been identified. We suspect more rebels have been injured and a search operation is on in the area.’
Police suspect the Maoists might be from Chhatisgarh or Andhra Pradesh who had camped inside the jungle ahead of the scheduled twin elections for the state Assembly and Lok Sabha polls.
A CPI (Maoist) banner and posters had surfaced near Sukingia in Kandhamal earlier.
The posters called for boycotting the polls and urged the people to form a ‘revolutionary government’ instead of participating in the elections.
The police also said they will make additional security arrangements in the Naxal-affected districts for the upcoming elections. ‘
‘The Centre has agreed to provide 29 Companies of paramilitary forces for the smooth conduct of polls in the Naxal-affected areas and we have arranged orientation programme for them. We also asked the Centre to provide more CRPF personnel for the second phase of polls. We also request the leaders to follow the standard operating procedure,’ Sharma said.
The DGP said as many as 13 incidents of Left wing extremism have been reported in the state this year including two incidents of exchange of fire between the security personnel and Naxals. The rebels have also killed four civilians during this period.