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Ramakanta Biswas

Malkangiri: A huge cache of arms and other articles used by Maoists were recovered after an exchange of fire between the ultras and security forces in Malkangiri district.

The arms were seized during a combing operation led by Malkangiri SP Rishidesh D. Khillari and SDPO Prahallad Sahai Meena along with a team of 27 Commandos of DVF, SOG and BSF.

According to sources, the anti-Maoist operation was launched following tip-off regarding movement of 15 to 20 armed cadres of Maoists in Goegurha-Uttamgurha area under Mudulipada police limits. During the exchange of fire, Maoists managed to escape from the spot taking advantage of darkness but left behind their belongings and articles.

An AK-47, 10 detonators, electric wire, cameras, electric extension cord, Battery Solar Panel, three pairs of Naxal Uniform, medicines, Maoist literature, blankets, among other articles were seized from the spot.

“This seizure points to the fact that the outlawed CPI (Maoist) Organisations are trying to wage war against the State by attacking the security forces. Any such attempt would be dealt through action as per law,” the police said in a press note.

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