2 jawans killed in gun-battle with Maoists

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Nuapada: Two Jawans including a Special Police Officer (SPO) and one District Voluntary Force (DVF) were killed in a fierce gun-battle between Maoists and security forces in Sunabeda sanctuary of Nuapada district on Friday night.

The two martyrs have been identified as Debendra Dharua and Prakash Rout. The exchange of fire occurred at Dekunpani area of the sanctuary while jawans were reportedly returning to the CRPF camp after patrolling. At least 14 armed naxals opened fire indiscriminately while the security personnel were on their way to the camp.

The jawans too retaliated in which no extremist was reportedly killed. The Maoists have allegedly looted two guns including an AK 47 and an INSAS rifle from the security forces. Top police officers including Nuapada SP and CRPF commandant have reached the spot to take stock of the situation. The bodies of the jawans have been brought to Sunabeda CRPF camp.

However, combing operation has been intensified in the area.

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