Odisha: Five Maoists killed in Malkangiri

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Five Maoists were killed in a gunbattle with security forces in Odisha’s Malkangiri district, police said on Monday.

The gun battle took place inside a Bejingwada forest near Papluru village in the Kalimela on late Sunday.

A combing operation by a joint team of Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel and Odisha Police led to the encounter in which the five Maoists, including a woman was killed, Additional Director General (Operation) said.

The police have also recovered multiple weapons, including two INSAS rifles, one SLR and a hand grenade from the spot.

“There was intelligence information about a Naxal team’s movement in the area and the special team was rushed to the location on Sunday night,” police said.

Additional Border Security Forces and SOG personnel have been deployed to keep a strict vigil for tracking down all the Maoists hiding in Papluru.

A search operation is underway to track down the Maoists.