7 Maoists killed in ‘Operation All Out’ on Odisha-AP border; 4 surrender

Reported by Ranjan Rath
Malkangiri, Jan 10:

While at least seven Maoists have been killed in the ongoing ‘Operation All Out’ jointly launched by the elite Greyhound unit of Andhra Pradesh police and the SOG and DVF forces of the Odisha Police, four hardcore Maoists surrendered before the police in Malkangiri district this morning.

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This was informed by the IG, south-western range, Yashwant Jethwa, at a press briefing at the district headquarters here.

The IG said that of the four surrendered Maoists, three are women. The names of the four Maoists who surrendered today are Bhime Padiami alias Rita, are committee member (ACM) with a reward of Rs 4 lakh on her head, Walal  Gangi alias Sakila, armed cadre with a reward of Rs 1 lakh, Singe Padiami alias Mase, an armed cadre with a reward of Rs 1 lakh and Kuma Khila, an armed cadre with a Rs 1 lakh reward, Jethwa said.

Talking about the ongoing ‘Operation All Out”, Jethwa said he had visited the cut-off area of Malkangiri district with the IG, BSF and Malkangiri SP where he came to know that seven Maoists had been killed during encounter with the security personnel.

The seven bodies have been disposed off by the Maoists, he added.

Police suspect that Sakila, one of the four Maoists who surrendered today, was involved in the deadly ambush in Alampanka in which the Maoists sank a boat carrying Greyhound personnel on the Balimela resrvoir and then opened fire killing 38 of them in 2008. She is also suspected to have been involved in the attack on the Panchapatamali mines of Nalco, sources in the police said.

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