Maoist camp busted in Malkangiri

Malkangiri: A Maoist camp and a `martyrs` pillar` erected by them were destroyed by security personnel during a combing operation in Malkangiri district, police said today.

A large number of materials including fatigues, leaflets and utensils being used by the rebels were also seized during a raid on their camp near Tumudimarka under Kalimela police station last evening, said Malkangiri SDPO Umashankar Das. Smelling that the securitymen were approaching their den, the Maoists deserted the camp and fled the area.

The team comprising District Voluntary Force (DVF) and Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel were carrying out a joint combing operation in remote Kalimela, Padia and Chitrakonda areas for the last two days. On a tip off, they raided the adjoining dense forests near Tumudimarka in Kalimela police limits and destroyed the `martyrs` pillar` of the Maoists at Tumudimarka.

The sources suspected that a large number of Maoists sneaked into Padia, Kalimela, Mathili and Motu areas of the district from neighbouring Chattishgarh by crossing the Saberi river and set up camps in inaccessible pockets. Combing operation in the areas had been intensified, border areas with Chattishgarh and Andhra Pradesh sealed and vehicles were being checked as part of the security drill, the sources said.