24 October, Bhubaneswar
The bodies of 24 Maoists including top leaders, gunned down during a fierce encounter with the Andhra Pradesh and Odisha police Monday in Malkangiri district bordering Andhra Pradesh were airlifted to Malkangiri Hospital for autopsy and identification.
Malkangiri District Superintendent of Police Mitrabhanu Mohapatra told UNI over phone that bodies of 11 female and 13 male Maoists were brought to by helicopter. The deceased included eight hard core left wing extremists. Out of the eight while six were members of the state committee, two were area committee members.
He said dreaded Maoists like Daya, Kujrla Rabi, who carried a cash prize of Rs 20 lakh on his head and the son of Ram Krishna were killed in the encounter.
Police described the operation as the biggest encounter in the history of anti-Maoist operation in the state. Earlier in 2013 as many as 14 Maoists were killed in an encounter with the security personnel at Padia in Malkangiri district.
One of the two senior commando of Greyhounds of Andhra Pradesh injured in the encounter succumbed to the injuries and has been identified as Abubacker. The two injured were airlifted to Visakhapatnam from the encounter site for treatment
Mohapatra said about 50 Maoists were in the camp during the exchange of fire. The police have recovered huge arms and ammunition from the encounter site and they were brought to Malkangiri along with several Kit bags.
The encounter that took place in forest area between Bejing and Muchiputam under Panasput grampanchyat under the Chitrokonda police station limit. This was the third major “encounter” between the Maoists and security forces in the AOB region in which the former suffered heavy casualties.
The Police, the Malkangiri SP said, have identified the bodies of Aruna Chalapati, Gajrala Ravi, Daya, Venkat Ravana, Munna (son of dreaded Maoist Ramakrishna) & Pengal Suresh.