Maoist Gunned Down In Encounter In Kalahandi

Kalahandi: A Maoist was gunned down in an exchange of fire with security personnel inside a forest in Kalahandi district on Wednesday. The encounter took place in the forest near Kotbundel village when Special Operation Group (SOG) personnel were conducting a combing operation, Kalahandi Superintendent of Police B Gangadhar said.

After noticing the security personnel, about six Maoists fired at them and the SOG personnel retaliated, leading to a fierce encounter. While one Maoist was killed, the others fled the scene. A rifle has been seized from the place, he said.

“A search operation has been launched in the area and efforts are on to track the Maoists, who disappeared deep inside the forest,” he said.

The group of Maoists was involved in the recent killing of a contractor at Babupadar village, police said.

The armed rebels had dragged contractor Bhima Dora, who was engaged in road construction, from his residence on Sunday night and his bullet-riddled body, was found near the village on Monday morning, the police said.