Mrunal Manmay Dash

The Director General of Police (DGP) of Odisha, Abhay visited Malkangiri on Wednesday close on the heels of a successful anti-Maoist operation that saw elimination of three ultras including one woman cadre of the banned outfit, Communist Party of India (Maoist).

One among the three was an Area Committee Secretary (ACS) rank cadre, who has been identified as Anil alias Kishore. He had a bounty of Rs 5 lakh on his head. The other male Maoist (Chinnarao) had Rs 1 lakh bounty on his head. The lone woman cadre was an Area Committee member (ACM) carrying a reward of Rs 4 lakh on her head. She was named Sony from Chhattisgarh, informed Abhay.

Addressing a presser, the DGP said, “The Maoist activities in the area have been on a downtrend for some years. I again request them to shun the path of violence, surrender before the Police along with their arms and ammunations and return to the mainstream. They should avail benefits of the generous surrender policy of the State government.”

“This Indian democracy has place for all, even for those who oppose the ways of the government. But there is no place for violence,” said Abhay.

Informing about the seizures from the encounter area, DIG (SWR), Rajesh Pandit said, “One SLR rifle with three magazines, One INSAS with a magazine, one separate AK magazine, 59 rounds of SLR ammunitions, 21 INSAS ammunitions, Maoist kit bag, walky-talkies, electronic equipments, detonators, IEDs, remote controllers for IEDs, some medicines and Maoist literature have been recovered from them.”

The family members of the deceased Maoists have been informed to take the bodies. If they do not come before 72 hours then, the Police will cremate them as per the protocol, Pandit said.

Three members of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) were killed in an exchange of fire between ultras and the security forces at Tulasi forest range area under Mathili police limits in Malkangiri district on Tuesday.

Acting on intelligence inputs about the presence of the Maoists in the area, a joint team of a special Operation Group (SOG) from Odisha Police and Malkangiri District Voluntary Force (DVF) launched a combing operation in the area in the wee hours.