Woman Maoist killed in gun battle with police

Bolangir: A woman Maoist was today killed during a gunbattle between the police and ultras in Banjipali area on the foothills of Gandhamardan forests in Bolangir district, police said.

Personnel of Orissa`s elite anti-naxal Special Operation Group (SOG) were conducting combing operation in Bajipali forests under Khaparakhol police station when they were fired upon by the ultras.

As the SOG personnel retaliated, a fierce exchange of fire ensued between them and the ultras.

However, after a few hours the Maoists retreated into the forests and police found the body of a woman cadre lying on the spot.

Superintendent of Police, Bolangir, Avinash Kumar said, "Police have got the body of a woman Maoist and further details are still awaited."

Combing operation has been intensified in the area, he said.