The landmine was recovered during a search operation by police and DVF. Later, the explosive was defused by the bomb squad.
"From 2015-2019, there has been a 30% decrease in the number of naxal incidents, a 32% decrease in encounters, and a 56% decrease in death of security personnel. I thank Odisha government and Naveen babu for extending cooperation to us to curb Naxalism," Shah added.
The security forces have intensified combing operations in Kandhamal district as a precautionary measure. Joint teams of district police, SOG and DVF are carrying out regular patrolling as the Maoists have also urged villagers to extend support to the Saheed Saptaha.
It is pertinent to mention here that the Maoists have called for observance of the 'Shaheed Saptah' from July 28 to August 3 and the poster has been put up by Maoist divisions of Bolangir, Bargarh, and Mahasamund areas.
As per initial reports, over 10 armed Maoists including few women cadres stormed into the crusher unit and later torched two poclain machines, five Hyvas and two loaders.
The KKBN division of the Maoists has purportedly released the posters where the red rebels have urged people to observe the day as a people's movement.
As per initial reports, the Maoists of Bastar division bordering Odisha’s Malkangiri district are in possession of nearly 10 drones.
The bandh is being observed in Rayagada, Ganjam, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Boudh, Nayagarh and Gajapati. The rebels had also released an audio tape in this regard.
A major tragedy was averted as the security personnel detected the explosives planted by the red rebels. The IED was planted by the ultras to target the jawans and other forces in the area, sources said.
The deceased’s family members brought serious allegations against the local police and accused them of not reaching the spot despite repeated calls.
SIW’s primary role is to monitor the movement of the Maoists and pass on the necessary information to the DVF, SOG and other security forces deployed in anti-naxal operations in Odisha
While speaking to the media, DGP Sunil Bansal said that the condition of the DSP is now stable. Following the encounter, forces have intensified combing operations in the area and the special operation is still continuing, he said.
Sources said that one Deputy Superintendent Of Police has also sustained critical injuries in the encounter. The DSP has been admitted to Bhima Bhoi hospital in Bolangir.
While two Maoists were killed, others managed to escape deep in the forest. There were no reports of any casualty among Greyhounds personnel.
On Tuesday, senior Odisha Police officials informed that the alert has been extended to two more districts bordering Chhattisgarh.
Sharing details about the encounter, Nabarangpur SP S Sushree said, “Two SOG teams of Odisha police launched an ant-Maoist operation on Odisha-Chhattisgarh border. A gunfight broke out between the police personnel and 20-25 armed ultras during the operation which lasted for around half-an-hour.”
The slain Maoist commander has been identified as Gautam Paswan.
Surayam Majhi and his wife Pabitra surrendered in 2007 to join the mainstream of the society.
It is suspected that the explosives were hidden in the dump by the ultras with the intention of targeting the security personnel in the region.
As per reports, a group of rebels picked up Nagesh from his home and later killed him by firing at him. In a poster, the Mainpur-Nuapada Division of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) mentioned that Nagesh along with some forest department officials was involved in cutting down trees and creating land for rehabilitating people.