Mrunal Manmay Dash

A massive operation has been launched by security forces against the Maoists in Boudh district as 12 companies of SOG jawans are now engaged in combing operations in Nalikumbha forest under Manmunda police limits for the second consecutive day on Friday.

Out of the 12 companies of SOG, seven have been engaged from Kandhamal and five companies are from Boudh. As many as 300 jawans are now carrying out the combing operation following the exchange of fire with the red rebels in the same area on Thursday.

As per reports, the jawans are taking utmost caution during the combing operation expecting land mines deployed by the extremists in the jungle. Three bomb squads have also been roped in for the operation.

Speaking about the operation, Odisha Police DG, Sunil Bansal said, “Search operation following the encounter is currently going on in the area. We have seized some explosives, Maoist uniforms and other articles from the area till now. Exact numbers of recovery can be ascertained after completion of the operation.”

Notably, two members of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) surrendered before Kandhamal police yesterday. The two Maoists with several cases against them surrendered before the DGP during his review of the Maoist operation in the region.

The two Maoists have been identified as Ranjit Naitam and Unga Poyam and both hail from neighbouring Chhattisgarh. The two had been associated with the Kandhamal-Kalahandi-Boudh-Nayagarh (KKBN) division of the Odisha State Committee of the CPI (Maoist) since 2017 and were involved in several violent activities.

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