Mrunal Manmay Dash

A massive offensive launched by the security forces to neutralise Maoist ultras hiding in the forests of Boudh entered third day on Saturday as they continued to search for 30 to 40 ultras hiding in Nalikumbha forest under Manmunda police limits.

The search operation will continue till they surrender before the police, informed Boudh SP.

A large number of explosives and other Maoist materials were found during the search operation on Friday.

As per reports, the security forces recovered IED, rocket launcher, tiffin bomb, battery, medicines, Maoists uniforms and food from their hideouts in the jungle.

It is pertinent to mention here that the security forces had defused three IEDs planted by the Maoists targeting them. 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.

Notably, two members of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) surrendered before Kandhamal police on Thursday. They 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.

Sources said, as many as 12 companies of SOG jawans are now engaged in combing operations in Nalikumbha jungle.

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