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Dead Maoists identified, bodies await claimants

Jajpur: The bodies of five Maoists including four women killed during anti-Maoist operation at Raighati area under Tamka police limits have been identified.

However, their bodies were shifted to district headquarters hospital mortuary after post-mortem and other formalities were carried out at Danagadi Community Health Centre (CHC). Their bodies are yet to be claimed by their relatives.

As per police, the five ultras have been identified as—Squad Commander Dhiren, Women cadres Savitri, Baby, Sujata and 12-year-old Janga.

Janga, the youngest of all the ultras, has been identified as a resident of Baligotha area under Kalinganagar limits. All the rebels were active members of Kalinganagar Maoist Division.

The bodies of the deceased will be kept for 48-hours for the relatives of the deceased to claim failing which police would decide on future course of action to dispose off the bodies.

“The post-mortem of the bodies is over. We have preserved the organs of the bodies as per the directive. We have also preserved the bodies with ice in the coffin and have taken the finger impression for identification,” said Dr. Basant Kumar Tripathy of Dhanagadi Community Health Centre.  

After the heavy exchange of fire between Maoists and security personnel yesterday in which five Maoists were killed, 12 guns and other arms and ammunitions including a 303 rifle, a self-loading rifle, five pistols and five country-made pistols were recovered from the spot.

On the other hand, police suspect the recovered items to be among the weapons looted from Nayagarh police armoury in 2008.

Meanwhile, combing operation has been stepped up in Tamka-Kaliapani area after the incident. The people living in the area are panicked as the exchange of fire in the wee hours of Sunday caught them by surprise. The villagers found the bodies early on Sunday morning.

“We got panicked when we heard bullet shots being fired and the next morning we saw that there had been an encounter between the Maoists and security personnel,” local resident said.

“We do not fear an elephant as it’s size is big and we can see it from a distance. But we can’t identify a Maoist easily,” a local resident said.

Acting on a tip off, Jajpur police launched a combing operation at Tamka area following which five ultras were killed.

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