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Nine Maoists killed in encounter in Rayagada

(image) Bhubaneswar: Nine Maoists were killed in an encounter at Kashipur – Kalyansinghpur border in Rayagada.

According to reports, the exchange of fire between Maoists and the security personnel lasted from 2 am to 4 am on Sunday. The police recovered their bodies during a search operation.

“We had received information about a Maoists camp on Saturday night and then we launched a combing operation. In the encounter nine ultras were killed. We found their bodies and some arms and ammunition in the area during a search operation after the incident. Our personnel have also sustained minor injuries,” DIG South west range, Soumendra Priyadarshi said.

In another incident, armed Maoists blew up a cabin signal point of Bandamunda railway station in Sundargarh, disrupting railway service on Howrah-Mumbai and Rourkela-Hatia railway lines.

According to reports, 60- 70 Maoists blew up the signal point around 2 am on Sunday. The ultras also left a number of posters opposing Operation Green Hunt (OGH), harassment to the innocent tribals and demanded the release of Dr Binayak Sen.

As a result of the blast, long-distance trains were controlled at various stations, railway sources said.

Senior railway officials have rushed to the spot and the repair works have begun for the restoration of train services.

The Maoists also abducted four villagers and torched a liquor shop at Michhapali in Nuapada, spreading panic in the region.

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