19 Maoists killed in encounter in Odisha
At least 19 members of the banned CPI (Maoist) were killed this morning in an encounter with a combined team of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha police near Jantri in Panasput block of Malkangiri district of Odisha. Police said a few top Maoist leaders might be among the dead.
Two police constables were also critically injured in the encounter. Police said acting on the tip-off about the presence of 50 to 60 ultras in the area, they attacked a Maoist camp located around 10 kilometres from Malkangiri district headquarters.
A lot of ammunition and weapons, including 3 AK-47, 5 SLR and 303 rifles were recovered from the encounter site. The search and combing operations which started last night are still going on in the area.
Malkangiri is one of the areas severely affected by Maoist activities. This is the second major encounter and the biggest in Malkangiri district of Odisha. In September 2013 in Podia block in Malkangiri district thirteen Maoists were killed in an encounter with the police. More details are awaited.