Two Maoists killed in encounter

Bhubaneswar: Two Maoists, including a woman, were killed in a fierce exchange of fire with security forces in Koraput district on Thursday evening, police said.

Acting on the basis of an intelligence input, jawans of district voluntary force (DVF) conducted a combing operation in the Naxal-infested Bandhugaon area where a group of red rebels were spotted.

As the ultras and security men came face to face, a fierce encounter erupted in which two Maoists were killed and their bodies recovered, Deputy Iinspector General of Police (south-west), Souendra Priyadarshi told PTI over phone.

One of the slain Maoists was identified as Chitru, an area commander of Jhanjawati division of CPI (Maoist) while the other one was a woman whose identity was yet to be ascertained, he said. Some arms and ammunition were also seized from the spot.