3 women Maoists killed in Kalahandi

Bhawanipaqtna: Three women armed cadre of banned CPI (Maoist) were gunned down and a Maoist camp busted during a combing operation at Sahajkhaol Reserve Forest in Odisha’s Kalahandi district today.

“As per the preliminary information received, three women Maoists were killed in the encounter with the personnel of Odisha Police,” Superintendent of Police, Kalahandi, Brijesh Rai said.

He said the personnel of Special Operation Group (SOG), a special paramilitary unit in Odisha, and district voluntary force raided the Maoist camp based on intelligence input.

Stating that some items and arms ammunition were seized from the camp, the SP said the police have recovered three bodies of women cadre from the damaged maoist camp in the dense forest.

He said there was a heavy exchange of fire between the security personnel and the maoist ultras.

“We will be able to give details about the operation only after the jawans return from the place of operation,” Rai said, adding the place of operation was located along the border of Kalahandi and Nawrangpur districts and very near to Ampani Ghat and NH-26.

The other Maoist cadre abandoned the camp and fled away, he said.

Several Maoist literature, daily needs, arms and ammunition including two .303 rifles and 9 mm pistol have been seized from the camp.

The police suspected that the slain women ultras could belong to the Chhattisgarh cadre of the outfit.