Patnaik congratulates Odisha Police over Malkangiri encounter
Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today congratulated the Odisha Police, a day after 24 Maoists, including their top leaders, were killed in a fierce gun-battle with security forces in Malkangiri district, giving a major blow to the ultras.
Earlier, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh took stock of the situation along the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border where 24 Maoists were killed by security forces.
The Home Minister has assured the Chief Minister of providing all the central assistance in its fight against the Naxals, officials said.
Yesterday’s encounter has come as a major setback to the red rebels as they have lost the three-decade old strong hold in the forests of the cut-off areas of Malkangiri district.