Maoist killed in encounter

Rayagada: A Maoist involved in several crimes was killed in a fierce encounter with district voluntary force (DVF) in a dense forest of Rayagada district, police said today. The DVF was conducting a combing operation in the forests in Hanumanthpur area under naxal-infested Chandrapur block, about 140 km from here, when it came under heavy firing from the Maoists on Friday night.

Repulsing the attack, the police launched counter attack and heavy exchange of fire continued in the area after which one Maoist was found dead today, sub-inspector of the Naxalite Cell of Rayagada district, Suresh Kumar Bal said. Preliminary investigation showed the deceased was Subash, a hardcore cadre Maoist, he said adding a large number of arms and ammunition were seized from the forests. Combing operation in the area had been intensified after the incident, he said.